A new study in the US has shown that nine out of 10 medical entries on Wikipedia contains errors. Dr Robert Hasty, of the Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina, who lead the study, said, “While Wikipedia is a convenient tool for conducting research, from a public health standpoint patients should not use it as a primary resource because those articles do not go through the same peer-review process as medical journals.”
Your primary resource, they said, is your doctor. If you have a doctor you trust, you have no use for Googling symptoms.
What is a relationship of trust with your doctor, and why does it matter?
If you can talk to your doctor about what is bothering you with no hesitation or fear, that is a good start. You should be able to communicate what is happening in your body and/or mind to him or her, so that they know exactly what to work with. If you’re not okay talking to this doctor about what could be an embarrassing topic, it might be a good idea to find someone else to consult with.
Because if you feel like you need to withhold information from your doctor for whatever reason, it is dangerous. Not disclosing all facts could even prove to be fatal in several cases. Always remember – be honest with you doctor. If you feel you cannot say what you need to, think about why that is so. Would you like a friend or family member to speak for you? Or, do you need to find another doctor?
Another study, conducted by General Hospital Psychiatry, found that if you trust your doctor, you are more likely to recover and feel better in a shorter time. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24725971)
Think about it – if you are comfortable enough with your doctor to be honest, and if you trust them enough to stick to the regimen they prescribe for you, you will actually get better, and fast!
Trust also extends to knowing that this doctor honours confidentiality. Deciding whom to tell about your medical problems is your call. That said, your doctor should know who your primary caregivers are, and be able to counsel you on when to tell them what the problem is. Your family should also be comfortable talking to your doctor, and know that he or she is available to them. In this context, it is always preferable to work with a doctor on a long-term basis. They know you, your health history, and your family, so the groundwork is laid. You don’t need to keep starting over.
Remember, though, to keep in touch with you doctor. Tell them what’s happening with you every so often. You don’t need to have coffee every week, but even if you update them at regular intervals and stick to your appointment and follow-up schedule, it’s useful for both of you.
The medical profession is built on human values. Doctors are humans, just like the rest of us. The more you trust them, and work with them, the better it is for you.