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Guest Blog: Say No to Staff Abuse – Don’t Abuse and Don’t Accept Abuse

Guest Blog: Say No to Staff Abuse – Don’t Abuse and Don’t Accept Abuse

When patients and relatives abuse doctors and hit them or indulge in looting and arson, it makes the news. Video clips go viral, doctors go on strike, arrests are made and the newspapers tend to give adequate coverage to these incidents. What doesn’t get reported is the increasing incidence of...
In conversation with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: Part 3: Culture of Giving back

In conversation with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: Part 3: Culture of Giving back

Meet Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: A dreamer with a difference She is a wearer of many hats- is a mother of two, a Yale trained Pediatric Cardiologist, Chief Dreamer, Teleradiology Solutions (a company she co-founded with her husband- Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur), an educator and an innovator. Having received medical training in Osmania University...
Guest blog: An example of Swadeshi Healthcare

Guest blog: An example of Swadeshi Healthcare

Gadchiroli, Bangs and the wonder of low Infant Mortality Rates Gadchiroli Gadchiroli is a district in western Maharashtra. It is one of the most backward districts in India with a high level of tribal and deprived population. The terrain is tough with forests and floods; whatever little infrastructure suffers poor...
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. : Lessons for Medical Students

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. : Lessons for Medical Students

I recently caught a re-run of Munnabhai MBBS on one of the TV channels. I am a big fan of Mr.Rajkumar Hirani and I think he has been blessed with story-telling gene that is very hard to find. He can make very complex matters easily understandable with his movies that...
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Diary of an Urban Family Doctor: Basics of Drug Interactions

Diary of an Urban Family Doctor: Basics of Drug Interactions

(Disclaimer: Content provided below is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.) Medicine has become compartmentalized and it is not necessarily a good thing. Physicians work in silos, so do pharmacists. Things are particularly worse in urban India where even patients have started viewing healthcare in pieces. Patients with multiple medical problems...
Guest Blog: India and drug safety : Latest PVig attempt showing promise

Guest Blog: India and drug safety : Latest PVig attempt showing promise

India seems to be making slow but sure progress towards reversing its abysmal track record in pharmacovigilance – medical jargon for monitoring the safety of marketed medicines. The country has reported 33,702 adverse drug reactions (ADRs),  side-effects arising from a host of marketed drugs, as of December 21, 2012,  according to data shared by the National...
Dr.Malpani's blog: Why do doctors want to be so busy ?

Dr.Malpani’s blog: Why do doctors want to be so busy ?

Some doctors are proud of the fact that they have a waiting room which is full of patients who are waiting patiently in line to see them . They routinely make patients wait for 2 to 3 hours – and boast that patients are willing to put up with so much trouble in order to...
Dr.Malpani's blog: Why do doctors order so many tests ?

Dr.Malpani’s blog: Why do doctors order so many tests ?

Doctors know that many of the tests they order frequently do not provide much useful practical information. The results of these tests do not affect either their diagnosis; their medical advise; or the patient’s choice of treatment options. However, in spite of this, doctors continue to order these tests, even though this overtesting can be...
Guest Blog: Good Medical Practice: Understanding the Patient in a Consultation

Guest Blog: Good Medical Practice: Understanding the Patient in a Consultation

In a Disease centric approach of medical consultation the patient comes with a disease and returns with a diagnosis. While in a Patient centric approach the patient is diagnosed for the disease and is also understood more as a person at the end of the consultation. It is documented, that in a consultation, usually a...

The Clue to the Present, and Key to the Future, lay in foraging through his Past

My Rural training for Family Medicine, sometime around Feb-2010 I’m posted in a rural health centre as a part of my post graduate training, where I’m undergoing training in the nuances of primary health care and communication skills, guided by a senior lady physician. About 3 months ago, Aziz (name changed), a 20-year-old frail young man,...
Guest Blog: Types of Patients encountered in Medical Practice

Guest Blog: Types of Patients encountered in Medical Practice

Every patient is UNIQUE. Reason being: Patients are people and they are all different. The same words will often mean different things to different people. What works for one patient probably would not work for another. Health Belief Model is a well researched description of patients’ beliefs about health and related matters. It has following...