With the dawn of the COVID-19, it is no brainer that it has affected almost everything. That too on an unprecedented level. And so the Doctor-Patient relationship is no less an exception. Changing the way how Doctors communicate, evaluate, treat, and interact with the patients. No personal touch and quite literally or sharing a smile with the patients. But there certainly appear some takeaways from all of this that would help to enhance the Doc-Patient relationship in coming times. Especially at the patient’s end things and perceptions have changed drastically. In the past, there were not many options to test yourself for any type of virus or other infection. But, now a patient can avail an amber or green testing kits from any Government list of approved 2 & 8 providers.
Few things that the Pandemic has revealed:
Self-examination may be an effective strategy:
Touch and feel have long been an important element of medical practice. Doctors touch their patients to see and feel their skin, muscles, joints, tissues for nerve or muscle functioning. Or sometimes to check simply the temperature of the skin. That’s how and what they are being taught and that’s how they evaluate for centuries. However, with the necessity of social distancing and the important precaution, there is an emphasis on practising remotely online. Also, patients have become more active in their self-assessment process which is a good thing on its own. As mentioned earlier, patients can test themselves easily with kits from the Government list of approved 2 & 8 providers. Even if it is a self-test for a deadly virus like COVID-19. Doctors now could ask for feedback from patients by asking them to use props. They also use other items like balls etc. to find the trigger point in the muscle or the body, a trigger point that a doctor or expert would typically inspect with my own hands.
So, self-assessment is a good thing. You will learn about the body on your own and a better understanding of pain and problems in the body. Testing is now a common word for you.
Visual communication is IMPORTANT:
Before the pandemic and the dawn of online appointments with specialists, Doctors around the work never relied on the words and facial gestures of their respective clients after all looks, and sometimes facial/body cues could be deceiving. Things after the epidemic have changed, doctors are now more reliant and lenient on an online presence while some are still struggling to grasp what’s going on with patients. But it is more of a two-way thing. Patients can self assess themselves, or use testing kits approved by the government. The patient should be more focal and forthcoming with their problems and issues with their specialist and expert. After all doctors with an online presence can only do so much. So, when you are talking with your doctor or having a video chat next time online consider being more forthcoming and adding visuals to your tale. Many doctors from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, and Luton have shared their recent experiences with patients on their personal blogs. These experiences are valuable for others too.
Virtual appointment and how it could be beneficial.
With the dawn of the COVID – 19 physical meetings with doctors were next to impossible and many patients were obliged to communicate online with their doctors for the first time as a result of the epidemic. Doctors and patients utilized platforms like zoom and skype to communicate with each other and with their patients both individually and in small groups for things like psychology lessons, art therapy, and exercise programs. But little did they knew that it could be beneficial in an unpredictable way, how? With online meetings in-home or clinics, doctors get to see the setting and environment of the patients and how they live. Seeing a patient’s home surroundings can assist doctors, physicians, specialists, physical therapists, and counsellors in gaining more insight into the lives of their patients. It further could be utilized to improve therapy. The best part is that there is no physical foundation. The doctor can be at the airport talking to the patient at home. Even the patient can immediately communicate with the doctor about his self-assessment test with the kits from the Government list of approved 2 & 8 providers. In short, many boundaries have been shattered.
So, try not to be afraid of virtual appointments, while unpleasant they maybe they have their own sets of advantages and all for your benefit and communicating with your doctor from the comfort of your own home has perks. While the COVID – 19 is grim it does have few silver linings and a lot of positive lessons to be taken from it. The government in most of the countries also have encouraged virtual activities by relaxing a few of the laws.
How can a doctor create a comfort zone with a patient?
Due to which both the doctor and the patient find it difficult to create a comfort zone. This relationship remains only professional. However, with the help of a few simple steps, a doctor and a patient can create a healthy and comfort zone in a short period of time. By managing their time well, doctors and patients can establish a comfort zone. If doctors are using their time well, then they can get to know their patients better even in less time.
How can a patient start a healthy relationship with his doctor?
Patients should understand that the knowledge they have gained through the internet about any disease is not the ultimate knowledge. The doctor is the last authority to judge the situation. Therefore, discuss each and every symptom with your doctor online. Whatever tests are recommended by the doctor, you should take them seriously. Always remember, testing and their results are the best options for the doctor to understand your problem in the most precise way.
With the pandemic extending beyond imagination, it is important that the doctor and the patient cooperate with each other. This will help them to handle the new situation and learn many new things. You can get the doctor online as well as the medicines online. Or you can order a test online. In short, this is a new reality and we all need to adjust according to it. Doctors and patients are no exception.