Vaidyo Narayano Hari – The Doctor is equal to God
Our culture revers doctors and positions them on par with the God himself.
This saying recognises the skill, compassion, and sacrifices of our healthcare professionals. In spite of the commercialization and globalization, medicine is one of the few professions where we can find truly dedicated individuals who prioritize their service to humanity above personal comforts and gains for their entire lives.Our doctors are a vital resource and play a crucial role in ensuring the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of the community across different ages and different sections of the society.
This noble profession is not without its own challenges. A doctor is on call 24×7 and in many instances has to make judgement calls that could be the difference between life and death for a patient. Many times they have to deal with patients/caregivers who commit errors of omission that hampers treatment. They have to manage the non-cooperative patients who fail to follow the advice at their own peril. They have to strike the delicate balance between earning their livelihood and staying true to their ideals.
In such a scenario, as patients and receivers of care, we must take some measures to ease our doctor’s strain from our so that they can function at their best. As our doctors take care of us, we must also show our gratitude and compassion by following these five simple commandments and making the doctor’s job as easy as possible –
- Do not lie to your doctor either by commission or omission. Make sure that you give all information and answer all questions (even embarrassing ones) truthfully. Your doctor is not judging you, he/she only wants as much information as possible in order to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe an effective course of treatment.
- Make sure that you carry all relevant documents including previous prescriptions, test reports, current medication, insurance details. This complete information will help your doctor to avoid complications resulting from mix n match of medications, Sharing your medical history is also good idea for ensuring a holistic approach to healing.
- If you are going for a diagnosis make sure that you list your symptoms including details like – what symptoms are you experiencing? when the symptoms started? how severe are they? How frequent are they? How long do they last? Have you taken any other medication or tried any home remedy? Etc.
- Get clarity about way forward. Get a clear idea about the course of treatment, medications, diet, exercise etc. If you need a second opinion or further consulting, don’t forget to get proper references. Also, if you need follow up visits, schedule the appointment and set reminders for yourself.
- Get the numbers for the doctor’s assistant and stay in contact with your doctor’s assistant about appointments and enquiries rathers than disrupting doctor’s schedule for non-medical info. Also get a number for an alternate physician for emergencies where your doctor is not available.
As you can see these are very simple but highly effective things that can add value to your consultation and also give some degree of relief to your doctor. So, this Doctors’ day (July 1st) let us take a pledge to follow these 5 commandment and support our doctors.