A doctor’s worst nightmare
forget the fact that it is a fictional TV show which solves every medical mystery known to man in 60 minutes, skirting unquestionably moral boundaries that would have any real medical professional prosecuted for criminal acts.
I love the show because house represents the type of doctor I want mine to be. One who would do anything in their power, ethical obligations be damned to save my life.
Why cant real doctors be like house?, I sometimes ask when I find myself lost in the midst of another life saving episode.
The reality is always one clear a truth when I contemplate on it further, since the main reason why doctors are handcuffed above and beyond their ethical obligations is ironically the patient.
The patient is the doctors worst nightmare
Actually an empowered patient is the doctors worst nightmare.
I was reading an interesting article recently about how to safely digitize medicine written by a medical student he said
Once that knowledge leaves that physicians head, it empowers more an more people to help the patient. Most importantly, it helps the patient help themselves. The more places medical knowledge can be, the more powerful it can be, and the healthier we can be. Thomas Goetz, in his book The Decision Tree: “Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine” in he is the only person urging doctors to repeat themselves, so that the knowledge stays with the patient longer. Requests for medicine to “go digital” need to be heard not as nagging demands from petulant or arrogant technophiles, but pleas for doctors to maximize the rigors of their training.
Naturally, there are risks to disseminated information. For sure, the patient armed with a dossier of internet factoids presents more problems than solutions. But this is precisely why doctors must take an active role in developing ways to disseminate and manage information safely.
“Digitizing medicine” falls in the realm of the much broader push for patient empowerment, a crucial subject in chronic disease management like diabetes and a hot button topic in the coming year.
Doctors are fearful and dismissing this movement for good reason, one which lies in the infringement of their domain yet today’s patient is one who is educated and empowered about their disease.
The internet has made it easier to gather information and knowledge about ones diabetes, as stated above the real objective lies in the doctor helping the patient become empowered by helping facilitate a better understanding of the decimated information we must work together instead of fighting with traditional roles and titles.
I have been a diabetic for over 13 years now and while I might not have MD next to my name, does not mean I haven’t reached a level of understanding about living with diabetes that I can educate the doctor about a few things.
The video below represents a Utopian state that every diabetic and their physician relationship should be, fears on both sides have to be pushed to the side.
an empowered patient can be the doctor’s worst nightmare but effectively managing diabetes requires a collaborative effort with all parties working as equals toward a common goal, it is great to see the mayo clinic spear heading this type of initiative as well, hopefully many more will follow.
Are you an empowered patient? How well do you work hand in hand to with your doctor to facilitate a better treatment path for your diabetes? does your doctor allow you to provide said input or do they consider you a difficult patient when you do?
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