Doctors are talented readers and writers, who spend most of their time listening to their patient’s stories, drawing clinical notes and analysing every medical case. With such a diverse background and varied exposure of medical experiences, it would be a great idea, if doctors write and share their medical experiences with others.
What can doctors write?
Practically speaking, these days, almost anyone writes. Be it social networking sites or blogs that express personal stories, people have various platforms to write. Doctors are responsible professionals and what they write is definitely read with interest by many people.
Doctors have a wide scope in medical writing. Some of the ways in which doctors can write include:
Patient stories or patient narratives
These detail a particular medical case, the patient’s complaints and role of the doctor, medical approach,treatment plan and recovery of the patient. Case histories are similar to patient narratives, but may be written in a more formal manner, mainly for the healthcare professionals.
Medical information can include writing about diseases or ailments, their symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment. These writings often include various treatment modalities, rehabilitation therapies and alternative medicine.
Many doctors who have their own clinics and hospitals should provide patient education on preventive health care measures, do’s and don’ts’, lifestyle choices, dietary preferences, exercises for particular illnesses. Doctors can write about these and use for educating their patients. These can be written in various forms like printed handouts, presentation on screens, etc.
Continuous Medical education
Doctors who are willing to impart medical education to medical students or junior doctors can write about their clinical experiences, stories about rare cases or newer treatments and procedures that they have excelled in. Some doctors who have received specialised training in certain investigation or surgical procedures, medical management approach, latest guidelines, etc. write about them to share their knowledge.
Who can be the audience?
Patients enjoy reading medical articles written on patient education sites, hospital websites or those printed in magazines and newspapers. Doctors can write for publications of hospitals, healthcare organisations, pharmaceutical companies, schools and any organisation that deals with health and wellness. Medical news is another area, which is read with great interest by many. It usually includes medical updates, epidemics around the world, preventive measures and patient stories related to medical field that need to be shared to create health awareness.
Medical and allied medical professionals need continuous guidance from senior professionals and medical experts. Doctors trained in specialised care, regularly attend medical seminars and gather knowledge from sharing. When these experiences are written down and shared with other doctors, the spread of knowledge will be many folds.
Medical students need the right backing and support, in terms of good, sound medical knowledge from eminent experts. Websites, journals and other publications meant for medical students are written by experienced doctors, to share their learnings and help to shape the future medical talent.
How does it help when doctors write?
When doctors write about their medical experiences, they are primarily educating the readers. Some of the benefits it offers includes
A medical article provides information about diseases, symptoms and educates the patients. They become medically more aware, enquire about the possible treatment options and take active participation in their medical decisions. It reduces the burden on the treating doctor, of educating the patient and also saves time.
Patient education literature in the web or print form helps to spread health awareness, information on disease prevention, importance of health and hygiene, vaccination and promote healthy behaviours. This can help to reduce or prevent illnesses and promote health.
Patient satisfaction and compliance
Reading about successful cases makes patients feel positive, it improves their confidence in the healthcare system and shows improved patient satisfaction. It reduces patient anxiety, making them more positive. Patients are likely to show better compliance as after reading a doctor written literature and become more responsible towards their health.
A lot of time and money can be saved by circulating material related to common measures about certain ailments or conditions. Instead of explaining the same thing to every patient, if a handout is given or a presentation is shown in the waiting room, it can be viewed by many patients at once.
Improved healthcare system
When medical knowledge of senior and more experienced doctors is shared with other healthcare professionals, it can help to develop more skilled professionals. With better training and understanding best practices can be shared across the medical faculty. This can help to reduce the instances of medical negligence and improve the performance of the healthcare system.
Doctors can write about various things and share their medical experiences. Medical related stories written by doctors are appreciated by one and all. Such stories can not only help to share medical knowledge and create awareness but also inspire many and lead them to a healthier way.