The traditional physician-patient interaction in the clinical setting is governed by a set of attributes, behaviour or communication skills called “bedside manners”. Studies have shown that bedside manners ultimately affect delivery of care. The entry of information technology into actual patient-physician interaction clearly changes too the clinical setting. Perhaps this is an opportune moment for examining how effective a physician’s manners are in the light of information technology or maybe, we need to expand our concept of manners.
There is 1 physician per 1, 153 Filipinos according to WHO’s Global Health Observatory physician density data. In remote areas of the Philippines however, the ratio is lower at one physician per 33,000 Filipinos. WHO recommends a 1 is to 1,000 (or less) physician to population density. This is just one of the many healthcare concerns we should address if we…
Patient measures health care effectiveness by making comparisons of what physicians do against what they understand, of what they “experience”. In short, patients uses proxy measures- a reasonable default because often, the complexity of medical science baffles even the best of its practitioners.
In the age of shared decision making medicine, patients like Emma are still too shy to ask their physicians about their conditions and treatment. What causes this obstacle is uncertain even to physicians themselves. What is sure though is the added costs- duplicating work ups, consults and even treatments, such simple “silence” could bring affront.
Privacy in this digital age, is but an idea, a context within a bigger public space. Social media post are never entirely private, but you have the power to minimize information leaks especially if you are a healthcare professional. Your online self is just a reflection of your offline self. The doctor offline is the same doctor online. The public will always perceive it as such. Social media conversations are human conversations. Minus the context, it has the attributes of human conversations on a digital platform.