Though, doctors everywhere are trusted and treated as gods by patients for they are made to save lives. A recent report uncovers that most doctors in Australia, knowingly or unknowingly, are going out of track from their duty and failing to aid patients in a complete and effective manner.
The University of Melbourne researchers have claimed the same after conducting a study that focused on analysis of malpractice claims and patient complaints. Examining some 481 claims, it was found by the team that either misconception related to a specific illness or a disagreement to talk about a disease was causing medics to lack a full discussion with patients.
Published in the journal PLoS Medicine, the study has also discovered that sometimes disputes tend to take place, which hamper the patients’ quality of life. Nearly 9% of cases were seen to be disputed ones attributing to outcomes, including requiring additional surgery or chronic pain. Besides, at times doctors are confused what and what not about a treatment should be shared with patients.
“Our findings suggest that doctors may systematically underestimate the premium patients place on understanding certain risks in advance of treatment", said David Studdert and colleagues. Also, doctors should try telling what patients need to hear and not what they themselves perceive.
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