Few minutes to the end of day 3 and I’m rushing to meet the target. Today, “C” would have been for cleaning and carpentry – because that is what I have been up to all day! We just moved houses and we had to get it ready in time for the Easter celebrations. So, as I cleaned, repacked and organized, hubby was busy with a nail and hammer, and now we are worn out. Too bad though, I have to stick with my theme for the challenge.
Clinics and consultation, the interface between the doctor and the patient or client as is it now advocated. The place where most work in the hospital is assumed take place. I am yet to see a patient who goes to a clinic/hospital (well, in Nigeria) to consult with anyone but the doctor. Most of the time, we don’t realize that it is the consultation that makes the clinic. The mistake made by many doctors is that we are actually faster than the patient. A typical scenario,
D: Hello Madam, Good morning, how may I help you today?
P: Hello Doctor, I have a headache, fever, cough and catarrh. Also, I’ve lost my appetite lately. Just feeling out of sorts.
D: Sorry to hear about that Madam, take these medications that I’ll prescribe and you’ll feel better.
P: Thank you Doctor.
The patient walks away, mostly dissatisfied. The doctor hadn’t bother to explain to her what her symptoms meant, what she could be suffering from, the medications he had prescribed and why they must be taken seriously. If he didn’t do all these, he most likely didn’t find out about her family and job, two very important social factors that could cause a person physical and emotional illness. As defined by WHO, health isn’t the absence of disease only but the wellbeing of the mind, medical and social factors.
We’ve all been to the doctor at one time in our lives, tell me about your experience. Got to run