The World Organization of Family Doctors or WONCA clearly describes the primary purpose of family medicine as one that provides continuous, comprehensive, and personal health care to individuals in the context of the family unit.
General practice (if implemented well) will almost guarantee that families maintain good health which then extends to the immediate community as a whole. However, while this practice is well established in first world countries, this is not necessarily the case in third world countries.
In many developed countries around the world, family medicine and primary care are often the driving force behind most health policies. But as good as this practice is in many nations, the effectiveness of the scheme is heavily reliant on the full cooperation of the family unit. Here are five common mistakes by family members which can ruin family practice.
#1: Irregular Check-up:
For family medicine to be effective in delivering comprehensive healthcare to the family unit, members of the family unit need to partake in regular general health check-ups with their physician. This may be monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or once in a year.
Irregular check-up makes it difficult for your doctor to keep proper tabs on your personal and family medical history. This makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose serious health concerns early and to proffer remedial and/or preventive treatment.
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#2: Inaccurate Information:
Providing your family doctor with inaccurate information on your abuse of illicit drugs and/or substances can be very dangerous. Also, giving false information to your physician on your use or misuse of prescription medication can be counterproductive.
Your doctor can only prescribe treatment and medications based on the information you provide. Providing false data can lead to a myriad of problems. For one, your doctor could prescribe a drug that you really don’t need or prescribe a dosage that could cause serious harm to your health.
Self-medication is one problem that is all too common these days. Many people self-medicate for several reasons. Shame is usually a big reason why people choose to use non-prescription medication.
However, this is a problem as self-medication can lead to abuse, over dependency, and addiction. If you or other members of your family are addicted to substances or drugs, it can seriously disrupt your family medicine.
Similar to your provision of inaccurate data, the non-disclosure of important information can be seriously destructive. Doctors always begin a session by asking relevant questions.
Where you hide information that could be vital to your case from your physician, you could end up with a wrong diagnosis. Many fatalities have resulted from false diagnoses which can seriously damage the trust in family medicine.
Non-compliance is another mistake that can destroy doctor-patient relationships. This involves a partial or non-compliance with the treatment plan of your family physician. By not adhering to the medication and dosages prescribed by your doctor, you will not only slow down your recovery time, but also worsen your state of health.
For family practice to be sustained, these five common mistakes need to be avoided. The relationship between the family unit and doctors is built on trust. Trust on both sides is what strengthens and ensures that the primary care of generations of families is under the able hands of qualified physicians.