Trust Should Be Restored Between Doctors And Patients: Delhi LG
- Today patients are well informed and impatient.
- Patient searches the prescribed medicine on internet and find the side effects of it.
- Doctors should explain more details to the patients for restoring the faith.
Raising concern over doctor- patient relationship, Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi said on Saturday that the trust between doctors and patients has gone down and it needs to be restored.
Speaking on the occasion of 64th Founder’s Day celebration of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), Baijal said: “With changing times, there is a paradigm shift in doctors and patients relationship. Trust between them has gone down and it needs to be restored. Today patients are well informed and impatient. Empathy from medical professionals by saying a kind word or a pat on shoulder will go a long way in restoring the trust.”
Dr D. S. Rana, Chairman (Board of Management ) at SGRH echoed similar views.
“We are consistently maintaining doctor-patient friendly atmosphere in SGRH. The Board of Management of the hospital consists of eminent consultants who are working to provide the atmosphere of stability in the hospital,” informed Dr Rana.
“Patient searches the prescribed medicine on internet and find the side effects of it. However, Internet shows the side effects of every kind of medicine. It gets difficult to convince the patient for a treatment in such a situation where patient comes to see the doctors with self-gained knowledge,” said Dr S. P. Byotra, Chairman, Internal Medicine at SGRH.
It is worth mentioning that due to lack of trust in patients, large number of cases of physical assault have been reported against doctors in India. Some have had resulted in grievous injuries. Even doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have faced security threat at the workplace.
According to a study done by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), over 75 percent of doctors have faced violence at work.
How To Restore Faith Among The Patients?
Speaking with TheHealth.Today, Dr Byotra said, “Doctors should spend more time with the patients to restore the faith. Everything should be explained in details to the patient. Once patients understand the line of treatment, they put faith in the doctors. However, number of patients are higher opposite to the total number of doctors in India. Doctors should decide judiciously that they should explain more details about the treatment to serious patients and keep a balance with doctor-patient relationship.”