Tackling the problem of attacks on doctors.

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Tackling the problem of attacks on doctors.

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In this age of agenda and misinformation wrecking the balance on the internet, I think it’s so sad to see the doctors becoming the victim of it all. When I started reading Barbara Galutia’s ‘Surviving the Business of Healthcare’, I felt so moved by her intent to help others as a medical practitioner. It’s a perspective, I believe, the whole internet needs right now. How do you think the people who are illiterate due to circumstances can be approached so that they would stop attacking the doctors?

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I've worked in a health clinic in the midwest that was a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) (as a pharmacy student) and they have programs for those who are illiterate. As most of the patients came in spoke Spanish and so labels were printed in Spanish as were the instructions on all medications. However it came to light that they were not taking the medications as prescribed and that's when we learned that they could not read in Spanish either. We as a clinic cater to MANY diabetics and so we designed a chart based off of colors to tell the patient when to check their blood sugar and when to take each different kind of insulin or other medications based on the color and record whether or not they did it and have the families help out as well.

The problem is that it takes so much more time and the healthcare system here in American isn't necessarily big on taking a lot of time to really work with the patients, that's mostly the nurses or other staff. You're absolutely right in saying that doctors are being victimized, but it's more of a systemwide problem. We need to redefine what doctors do and the only way is to get more doctors to think like the author - that we as providers are caregivers. We can't be effective medical professionals if we continue to view patients as charts rather than people. Healing is holistic, we should know the person we are treating and be able to recognize if they are illiterate and then be willing to take the time to move mountains to achieve the highest level of care.
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cduran21 wrote: June 7th, 2021, 5:50 pm I've worked in a health clinic in the midwest that was a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) (as a pharmacy student) and they have programs for those who are illiterate. As most of the patients came in spoke Spanish and so labels were printed in Spanish as were the instructions on all medications. However it came to light that they were not taking the medications as prescribed and that's when we learned that they could not read in Spanish either. We as a clinic cater to MANY diabetics and so we designed a chart based off of colors to tell the patient when to check their blood sugar and when to take each different kind of insulin or other medications based on the color and record whether or not they did it and have the families help out as well.

The problem is that it takes so much more time and the healthcare system here in American isn't necessarily big on taking a lot of time to really work with the patients, that's mostly the nurses or other staff. You're absolutely right in saying that doctors are being victimized, but it's more of a systemwide problem. We need to redefine what doctors do and the only way is to get more doctors to think like the author - that we as providers are caregivers. We can't be effective medical professionals if we continue to view patients as charts rather than people. Healing is holistic, we should know the person we are treating and be able to recognize if they are illiterate and then be willing to take the time to move mountains to achieve the highest level of care.
Uummm... Nurses and staff are part of the healthcare system, BTW.
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What sort of attacks on doctors are we talking about?
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Terrapin Station wrote: June 8th, 2021, 8:27 am What sort of attacks on doctors are we talking about?
Well! Apart from online attacks (verbal and so on), there have been several physical attacks (you can look into the situation in India) on doctors here.
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cduran21 wrote: June 7th, 2021, 5:50 pm I've worked in a health clinic in the midwest that was a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) (as a pharmacy student) and they have programs for those who are illiterate. As most of the patients came in spoke Spanish and so labels were printed in Spanish as were the instructions on all medications. However it came to light that they were not taking the medications as prescribed and that's when we learned that they could not read in Spanish either. We as a clinic cater to MANY diabetics and so we designed a chart based off of colors to tell the patient when to check their blood sugar and when to take each different kind of insulin or other medications based on the color and record whether or not they did it and have the families help out as well.

The problem is that it takes so much more time and the healthcare system here in American isn't necessarily big on taking a lot of time to really work with the patients, that's mostly the nurses or other staff. You're absolutely right in saying that doctors are being victimized, but it's more of a systemwide problem. We need to redefine what doctors do and the only way is to get more doctors to think like the author - that we as providers are caregivers. We can't be effective medical professionals if we continue to view patients as charts rather than people. Healing is holistic, we should know the person we are treating and be able to recognize if they are illiterate and then be willing to take the time to move mountains to achieve the highest level of care.
That's a very constructive and benign way of looking at it. I'm glad we could get a former healthcare worker's opinion on this :)
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nam_dayal wrote: June 8th, 2021, 8:31 am
Terrapin Station wrote: June 8th, 2021, 8:27 am What sort of attacks on doctors are we talking about?
Well! Apart from online attacks (verbal and so on), there have been several physical attacks (you can look into the situation in India) on doctors here.
Interesting. I wasn't aware of that (obviously). Any idea why some people are attacking medical personnel there?
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