Creating Waves of Awareness
There are different types of patients. A few patients are very health conscious and visit the doctor for regular checkups and treatment. But, there is another group who often comes for consultation under pressure from the family members or friends. Once the presenting complaints are relieved, they stop visiting the doctor. This tendency is dangerous when they are suffering from serious diseases - both acute and chronic.
Most of these patients do one thing in common, which can often create bad name for the doctor: They keep on using the last prescription given by the doctor, which might be indicated for the trouble they had during the previous consultation. But, they keep on continuing the medicine, without considering the present health status. The most important mistake they do is, they keep on telling others that they are under the treatment of so and so doctor. I have seen many such patients creating bad name for the general practitioners as well as the specialists by using the “archeological” prescriptions given by them. The druggists, for the sake of money, always support this mistake!
How to manage them?
Keep good communication with such patients. Often we have the right to scold them whenever they do this. Always instruct them to come with a family member, so that we can tell the actual health status and about restrictions and follow-up visits.
While prescribing, never suggest the patient to take one particular medicine for several months or years and come back later. Please remember, throughout that period, these patients will be known as “our patient”. So all complications will be on our head! I have seen many doctors doing this mistake. The patients should not misuse our prescription. Hence, note down - “Repeat prescriptions are not permitted” on the prescription letter. This is often done while prescribing controlled drugs, but should be given for all prescriptions for the sake of their health and our reputation.
There was a time wherein doctors were treated like God, but now the situation is different. Hence, we should be very cautious!
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque
Family Homoeopathic clinic.