AMA: Address Patient Misconceptions for Evidence-Based Care
(HealthDay News) — Patient misconceptions should be addressed in order to practice evidence-based medicine and leave patients feeling satisfied, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
At a special session for medical students, the AMA Medical Student Section Committee on Scientific Issues presented common situations that physicians may face in terms of practicing evidence-based medicine while helping their patients feel satisfied with their experience.
The session addressed common misconceptions and ways to deal with them that lead to good medical care and satisfied patients. For patients presenting with the common cold and demanding antibiotics, they suggest reinforcing your belief in the patient being sick, but offering alternative treatments, as well as providing education relating to the over-prescribing of antibiotics. For patients who believe giving their daughter the human papillomavirus vaccine will encourage promiscuity, physicians should share the latest research with patients and their parent/guardian; inform them that the vaccine is most effective if given before any sexual activity; and emphasize their confidence in the vaccine.
"Medicine is not just about keeping patients [physically] healthy," Christina Kratschmer, a fourth-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, and chair of the committee said, according to the article. "You also want to keep patients happy because mental health plays into physical health. If your patient walks out the door happy and satisfied, it's a lot better for you both."