Hybrid Doctors: The Need Risen From Informed Patients ZI01-ZI04
Dr. Shyamala Karnam,
Reader, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital,
Kumbalagodu, Ramohalli Cross, Mysore Road, Bangalore-560074, Karnataka, India.
In the last decade, we have seen a significant surge in the number of patients whom we can term as “Informed patients”. Informed patients are well read on the medical condition that they are looking to resolve. They may have often over researched and may be paranoid about what they may be going through; they may also know all potential medications that may be used for treatment and also potential side effects of these. However, they may not be in a position to judge what is actually right and what is actually applicable for what they are going through. This causes patients to go through, what we define as hyper information, where they have a lot of information but are unaware what applies to them. In this paper, we classify patients driven by this hyper-information, and discuss how this may lead to different patient states. We also discuss the need for doctors to adapt themselves to become what we call Hybrid Doctors. We briefly discuss how Hybrid Doctors can handle informed patients of various types and states.