For Diabetics, Honesty is the Best Policy
Reliable information is important in the process of making the correct decisions regarding treatment of patients. Given the sensitivity of their condition, diabetics are expected to be more informed than unaffected people.
There are various reasons why patients provide unreliable information to medical personnel. For example, the patient could be continuing with a practice that they know is dangerous to their health. Some lie because of fear of the repercussions that may arise from telling the truth. Others lie because they think that no-one else can find out the truth without the diabetic revealing it to them.
It should be emphasized that it is not good practice to tell lies, especially regarding health matters. Failing to communicate the truth is likely to result in a wrong diagnosis, which could lead to disastrous consequences.
Medical practitioners have the ability to conduct examinations which reveal to them critical information about the patient. As a result, they know whether or not recommended medications are being taken and lifestyle changes are being followed by the patient. However, medical examination is still not hundred percent conclusive, so issues, such as additional medication being taken, may remain hidden. In order to avoid any accidents, all information has to be revealed.
In order to address these challenges, all parties need to be involved; the patient, medical practitioners and other support groups like the family.
Healthcare providers should never place blame on the patient in cases where the patient has not been able to achieve the set target. Practitioners should be encouraged to give positive feedback to the patient in order to create a relationship built on trust.
- Family members and friends should not wonder why the patient is failing to realize their goals; they should be more understanding and offer continuous help to the patient.
- Patients should find a medical team that is knowledgeable and understanding. A team that is willing to work with them like a coach through their journey with this ailment. Teams that work together with the patient celebrate every victory and turn every failure into a success story along the way.
- Tools such as the Glucose Log Book card should be analyzed by both the patient and the clinician. The purpose is to identify trends and finding ways of improving them should clearly be explained to the patient.
- Patients should be encouraged to provide reliable information. This could be done by letting them know that there is provision to adjust the treatment plan or the exercise; especially if what is in place does not seem to be working.
Information in managing a diabetic condition is very important. Wrong information could lead to wrong decisions being made about the health of the patient. Both the patient and the practitioner need to relate in a way that depicts trust and confidence in one another. Some of the information received may fall into doubt. However, the preference is to have most of the information treated as reliable. This can only be achieved if there is good level of corporation between the patient, the clinicians, family and friends. It is going to take team effort to make this happen.
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