But doctor, what are the possibilities?

Biases, decision-making and patient care. Why doctors can’t tell you all the information or unbiased opinions. Ask your doctor for more information.

Substack

I set up a substack newsletter. I’m really excited to write more about how “HOW TO (NOT) BE A BETTER PATIENT”. This will be a biweekly newsletter. Check it out here if you like this topic. My blog at http://www.manivenkatesan.com will be about more wide-ranging topics, kind of like a personal diary. Get in touchContinue reading “Substack”

#8 How to be a better patient – Should I get a second opinion?

Your health is one of the most important things in the world. Even though healthcare professionals want the best for you, sometimes you might not agree with the recommendation of your doctor. What would you do if you’re in this situation?

Note to myself: A growth mindset over a fixed mindset

The day we stop developing is the day we stop living. I believe that every day we are making a choice, whether we are aware of it or not, to choose to work on ourselves or to accept our own limitations.

#7 How to be a better patient – Alternative treatments?

In modern day life so many aspects of the human experience is medicalised (meaning conditions and behaviours are labeled and treated as medical issues). The emphasis of medical training lays on how to solve problems through medical interventions (such as drugs or surgery). Quite often there’s a (commercial) treatment for your medical problem: Are yourContinue reading “#7 How to be a better patient – Alternative treatments?”

#6 How to be a better patient – How to prepare for your doctor’s appointment (part 2)

A good doctor will try to guide the patient in communicating their physical complaints. At the same time, the patient also has the responsibility to communicate all relevant aspects of their illness. This is what you can do to help your doctor make the correct diagnosis:

#5 How to be a better patient – How to prepare for your doctor’s appointment

I’ve seen many patients confused about their diagnosis and their treatment. Would you want to prevent this situation? Here are some tips:

#4 How to be a better patient – What to do when you have a complaint?

Imagine you’re a patient with extreme pain and you therefore go to A&E (i.e. emergency room) in the hospital. Here you are sat down and not helped for hours. Or imagine you have had a very bad experience with a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse or whoever else in the hospital). What would you do?

#3 How to be a better patient – preventing colorectal cancer

In the western world roughly 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime. Here’s what you could do to reduce your risk of getting this nasty disease.