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Understanding the patient in a consultation: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

In a disease-centric approach of medical consultation, the patient comes in with a disease and returns with a diagnosis, while in a patient-centric approach, the patient is diagnosed for the disease and is also understood more as a person, at the end of the consultation. It is documented that in… 

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Types of patients encountered in medical practice: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

Every patient is UNIQUE. Reason being: Patients are all people, with individual differences The same treatments and actions may not work for every patient Some patients may interpret what you say to them in different ways The Health Belief Model is a well researched description of patients’ beliefs about health… 

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The art of patient care: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

“Handling a disease requires Knowledge… Handling a patient requires Wisdom.” The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and does not consist only of the absence of disease or infirmity.” According to this definition, for a doctor to be referred to… 

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New age medical practice: Challenges in a modern world: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

Among the challenges for an ancient profession in a modern world is the need to define and assure professional behavior in the rapidly changing health care environment. New Age Medicine is about Medical Professionalism. Today, medicine is a specialized service industry. Adopting methods to improve the patient experience has become… 

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Traditional medical practice: Time has changed: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

Managing a medical practice has never been a subject of learning in the medical education system. This has led to a lack of awareness among medical practitioners regarding the philosophy and methodology of running a medical practice with formal skills and planning. Typically, practicing medicine involves giving a diagnosis and… 

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Teaching of public health in Indian medical colleges: Guest blogger Dr. Kiran Kumbhar

Most medical undergraduate students in India rate PSM (Preventive and Social Medicine) as the most tedious subject in the curriculum; the ennui being exacerbated by, with all due respect to the writers of Park’s, the monotonous nature of the subject’s premier textbook. I believe that public health is such a… 

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Healthcare, Doctor, and the Patient: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

Healthcare is one of India’s largest sectors, in terms of revenue and employment, and the sector is expanding rapidly. It is going beyond its “institutional” role. It is taking a transition from a “Disease-centric” to a “Patient-centric” approach. It is extending its role from treatment to prevention and up to… 

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