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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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Dr. Malpani's blog: Using PHRs to improve health literacy

Dr. Malpani’s blog: Using PHRs to improve health literacy

  Ideally, the results of blood tests, X-rays, diagnostic scans and other information needs to be provided to patients in the right context, so they can track it and make sense of it. The best way to do this would be upload it to the patient’s EHR (electronic health record). A personal health record (PHR)...
Dr. Malpani's Guest blog: Complexifiers and simplifiers - clinical practise and research

Dr. Malpani’s Guest blog: Complexifiers and simplifiers – clinical practise and research

  In general, most doctors fall into two categories . There is one group  which tends to make everything extremely complicated. They use a lot of technical jargon , and often will end up mystifying both the disease process as well as the treatment options. In contrast , the second group of doctors are the...
Guest Column: Why I like teaching patients

Guest Column: Why I like teaching patients

  All doctors are teachers and in fact, the word doctor itself is derived from the word docere , which means to teach . One of the key responsibilities of a doctor is to teach his patients -  both about his illness ; as well as how to remain healthy ! It breaks my heart...
Guest Column: MARK THE SITE

Guest Column: MARK THE SITE

A Surgeon’s interaction in the Operating Theatre This is a real conversation that happened in a real surgical operating theatre in India a few weeks ago. It probably happens every day. Surgeon, standing to the right of a patient under general anaesthesia for hernia repair asks: ‘which side is the hernia?’ Assisting surgeon: ‘I don’t...
Guest Column: India’s move to vanilla generics : Don’t hold your breath

Guest Column: India’s move to vanilla generics : Don’t hold your breath

By now, the news that India wants to move away from branded generics and encourage vanilla generics to bring down drug prices has gone around the world.  But all those who think a structural reform of the Indian drug industry is around the corner : stop. And breathe. First, for the record, the news. The...
Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 4: New Age Medical Practice

Guest Column: Good Medical Practice Part 4: New Age Medical Practice

Among the challenges for an ancient profession in a modern world is the need to define and assure professional behavior in the rapidly changing health care environment.1 New Age Medicine is about Medical Professionalism. Today medicine is a specialized service industry. Adopting methods to improve patient experience has become essential. At the same time managing...
Guest Column: India and clinical trials: in the dock?

Guest Column: India and clinical trials: in the dock?

India’s Supreme Court has expressed concern at the conduct of clinical trials  asking the government to provide information on the number of trials being conducted, adverse event reports, deaths, compensation to subjects and so on.  Call me an optimist but this could be one of the best things to have happened to the sector in recent years....