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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Five mistakes that can affect the treatment and the diagnosis
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
The article presents the most common mistakes in doctor-patient relationship. The visit to the doctor must have good intentions, but sometimes fear and stress can generate a series of mistakes. It often happens that patient distract the doctor by asking unnecessary information or showing skepticism towards the diagnosis. The errors presented in the article are:
1. The persons that accompanying the patient to its medical visit
Sometimes these people can make the waiting room crowded and noisy, and if they enter into the cabinet it is unlikely not to try to interfere in the appointment, by issuing their own opinions and experiences regarding the matter. These manifestations distract the attention of the doctor from the consultation and they do not allow an accurate communication with the patient that can lead to an incomplete diagnosis.
2. The omitted details
Some patients are reluctant to tell the specialist if and what kind of dietary supplements or herbal medicines usually take. The doctor wants to know about herbal remedies as some medicines may interact with allopathic treatment plant and, sometimes, even in a dangerously way. Others, on the contrary, sustain the allopathic treatment.
3. Cessation or halving of the drugs.
Some patients discontinue the prescribed treatment without informing the doctor. Usually do so because of the side effects they experience, but they do not report them immediately to specialists, who can change such treatments. Halving the treatment is a dangerous mistake, because each chip has a specific concentration of active ingredient, and "halving" compromise the prescribed treatment and may even endanger the patient's life.
4. Self-medication.
Drug advertising explosion inspire more and more people and especially those who are convinced that they know to diagnose themselves. It is enough to some product to be launched on the market and the patients want the doctor to prescribe them that drug.
5. Unnecessary investigations
Another type of patient is the one who order to his doctor, from the beginning and without a prior consultation, to give him the reference for making all kinds of analyzes and tests.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article presents some of the most common mistakes in doctor-patient relationship. According to the article these are: the persons that accompanying the patient to its medical visit, the omitted details, cessation or halving of the drugs, self-medication, unnecessary investigations.
The article presents each mistake and how they can affect the doctor and patient relationship and the diagnosis process.
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