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15 Tips That Help You Become A Better Doctor Every Day!

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    In order to be a qualified health professional, not only do the degrees and doctorates are enough, it is also necessary to develop a lot of qualities and skills that lead the doctor to be an excellent professional and improve his relationship with the patient. Here we will give you 15 tips that will help you to be better every day:

    1) Learn to cultivate empathy and compression towards patients, remember that most of the time the problems and health conditions of patients have an emotional and psychological basis, which is resolved with effective communication and affection.

    Do not forget that the patient is a biopsychosocial being and not only a disease.

    2) To achieved a good patient medical relationship, optimal communication must be carried out, both oral and writing. A good doctor has to communicate in an easy, understandable and honest way, always check that the patient is understanding everything that he wants to communicate.

    3) Always behave professionally, be focused on the goal that is to achieve well-being in the patient.

    4) Do not forget the steps and bases necessary to make a good diagnosis, which are: have a patient medical relationship, perform a thorough history, a correct and accurate physical examination, and finally apply the logical reasoning. Doing all this will avoid wasting time and money on unnecessary tests to reach a diagnosis.

    5) Ask help from other colleagues, when there is no solution or if there are doubts, in any case, it is always important to consult before wanting to be self-sufficient, it is also important to be a good partner, and be available to form a medical team to provide better patient care.

    6) Take care of your own health, usually the lifestyle that doctors lead to neglect their health, without taking into account that nothing more dangerous for patients than a doctor who goes to work sick.

    7) Maintain prudence and discretion when giving a diagnosis or putting a name to the set of symptoms, in front of the patient, family and friends. The doctor should get used to hearing more than he speaks and this also applies to the moment of issuing a diagnostic judgment, since many patients are loaded with great emotional weight after knowing the precise diagnosis of what they are suffering.

    In addition, you must use extra verbal language that often communicates much more than only verbal.

    8) Do not get emotionally involved with patients, although it is true that the doctor has to create empathy with the patient, he should not allow his emotions to guide any medical behavior.

    9) Being in constant training, a good doctor not only has to comply with the basic studies and specialization, he always has to go in search of medical updates in the area that develops.

    10) Do not judge the patient, the doctor is to treat what affects the patient not to make judgments of their behavior, in addition you have to treat all patients equally regardless of sex, beliefs, lifestyle, beliefs, class social and religion.

    11) At the time of diagnosis, think first of the common before the rare, usually the simplest diseases are the most frequent, do not rush the diagnosis to the most complex diseases no matter how strange the symptom.

    12) Be careful when establishing the treatment, it is preferable to use the basic medicines, with expertise and safety, to use new medicines which do not have the knowledge of their experimental bases. Always take into account the side effects of medications and their interactions and be cautious with the use of new drugs.

    13) A good doctor has to learn to be a good use of his words and communication, it is not what you want to convey if not in the way in which it is transmitted; present an attitude that inspires confidence in the patient and the family member is fundamental and determines the quality of the doctor-patient relationship.

    14) Always maintain honesty with the patient, provide all the information to the patient and their relatives about the disease, the possible therapeutic options and their possible adverse effects if they exist.

    15) Avoid the excess of complementary exams, which could put the patient at risk, or mean an unnecessary expense of money, all the complementary exams that you want to perform have to be oriented according to the patient's clinical context and the diagnostic hypothesis that arises , you should never take an exam only "to see what it is."

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