Providing Health Information is the doctor’s responsibility before any medical treatment begins to ensure that the patient understands what the procedure is for and the patient agrees to receive it. This means that the patient is giving consent for relevant information about what the treatment involves, including expected benefits and risks, any alternatives, and what may happen if the patient chooses not to go ahead with treatment.
Healthcare professionals often assume that their explanations and instructions are easy to understand but, In reality, patients often misinterpret the information. Most adults prefer reading health information written in language that could be understood by a typical 12-year-old. Patients with reduced health information can be lethal to one’s health. It is possible to understand complex procedures and ideas, if the doctor speaks slowly, uses everyday words, or provides information in short sections rather than all at once or by explaining with the help of high-quality graphics or videos.
Why is Health Information Important to Patients?
Medical and health-related information can be very complex and may take time to understand fully, even for patients with good health literacy. Patients feel embarrassed about asking questions like how the procedure will be done, what it will look like, what are the precautions to be taken, why medicine has been prescribed, what side effects to look out for, and what to do if they are experiencing problems. In order to confirm, patients often repeat the exact same thing that their doctor has said. Good communication with a healthcare provider makes it more understandable for patients to benefit from their treatment and helps to ensure the best-suited treatment for them by the practitioner.
In recent times, the healthcare industry has transformed rapidly into a quality-based industry centered around patients from being a volume-based industry centered around physicians. But yet, today it is not that easy for a doctor to explain the procedure of surgery in detail to their patients, which creates a barrier between a doctor and a patient.