Tag Archives: PM – patient education

Should Family Physician Visits Be Made Compulsory for Patients in India, Before They Visit a Specialist for Routine Symptoms? – Guest Blogger Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani

In India today, there is an increasing trend of patients consulting a medical specialist instead of seeing their family physician first. This trend is especially being seen in the major cities. With about 70% outdoor patients (adults and kids) consulting specialists directly for common aliments like fever, cough, and cold… 

Read more »
Posted in Blog, Practice Management, Practice Management Featured 2 | Also tagged , | Volume: | 4 Responses

Patient adherence to medication

Prescription of medication is a key part of healthcare today, and because of medical advances and increased longevity, more patients are prescribed multiple medications. Patient adherence is critical to medicine-taking, but the process of taking medicine has been studied much less than the medications.1 According to the WHO (2003) report… 

Read more »
Posted in Practice Management | Also tagged , | Volume: | Leave a comment

Indians traveling abroad: Advice physicians can give to their patients

Foreign travel has become common among Indians. Documents needed for travel differ from one country to another, but these are usually well known and followed, since entry to a foreign country is virtually impossible without complying with all of the rules and regulations. People from India may visit for business… 

Read more »
Posted in Practice Management | Also tagged , , , | Volume: | 2 Responses

Target your teaching: How patients learn best

Every appointment is an opportunity for teaching and learning, both for the patient and the doctor. However, given today’s real-life constraints, is expecting doctors to teach patients asking for the moon? “Your first question should not be, ‘What do I want my patient to know?’ but rather, ‘What do I… 

Read more »
Posted in Business of Medicine, Practice Management | Also tagged , , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment

How to tell if a patient has limited health literacy—and what to do about it

While it’s easy to tell if a patient has jaundice, you can’t tell if a patient is health illiterate just by looking at him or her. However, recognizing and addressing health illiteracy is just as important to your patients’ well-being as making accurate clinical diagnoses. “If patients do not understand… 

Read more »
Posted in Business of Medicine, Practice Management | Also tagged , , , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment

Enhance patients’ health literacy with audio-visual and face-to-face education

Health literacy tools include: Handouts Audio-visual materials Face-to-face talks with patients Signage consisting of easily understood symbols (http://www.hablamosjuntos.org/signage/symbols/default.using_symbols.asp) Flip charts, diagrams, and wall posters (example: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/) Microsoft PowerPoint presentations Individual counseling Read on to see how different doctors use these tools. If you only treat your patients’ illnesses at your… 

Read more »
Posted in Business of Medicine, Practice Management | Also tagged , , , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment

Why expert patients are the best patients

I work hard at maintaining my technical skills, so I can continue to offer my patients the best care possible. Just like my patients expect me to be an expert, I expect my patients to be experts as well. In fact, I suggest that they do their homework before coming… 

Read more »
Posted in Business of Medicine, Practice Management | Also tagged , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment