I definitely think education in health care is a two way street. Patients use health care because they are having symptoms they don't normally feel. They decide to get it checked out by a health provider. Too often the patient answers questions from a nurse who records the information in the medical record, does physical examination (BP, temp, pulse, heart rate, etc.) and then patient speaks to physician. The physician makes their recommendations. It is usually not a two way street since the physician recommends tests and the patient follows the order of the physician.
The physician may have more tests or do a diagnosis. The diagnosis now has recommendations in recommendations for lifestyle changes. Eating, Exercise and Work activities that the patient really needs to be educated if they are truly going to follow the recommendations.
An example is a patient needs to avoid potassium. The physician makes some comments about foods high in potassium but doesn't go any further. The provider should be working with the patient to get a good idea of what they eat, what they should stay clear of and explain what is happening when their potassium goes up. The patient needs to press the provider with these questions but too often the patient is numb by the almighty health care physician or nurses in the room so they expect everything as an order..
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