Saturday, August 7, 2010

Patients are often confused !

Patients are often confused and are not sure how the latest advances apply to them. They often flood their doctor’s clinics with ‘false alarms’. As a result, the media loses credibility, so that they often end up performing a disservice to patients and their doctors.

One way of solving the problem arising due to misleading, inaccurate or piecemeal reporting on the medical front would be for newspapers or magazines to appoint medical doctors as consultants on their editorial panel, who can be used as a sounding board to assess the reliability and validity of a medical story. Also, as the media realizes the importance of health stories, hopefully, we will soon have full-time reporters who specialize in covering health stories exclusively. Till then, what can you do to separate the wheat from the chaff?

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