Originally Posted by Coq de Combat
*****, so now we have two martial arts experts knowing the death grips, and five fingers of death grips here. You and a_rec. I'm telling you, you guys are frightening peoples.
I have no idea what you are talking about.
*sharpens his claws*
Originally Posted by Magick Man
My old rheumatologist was a useless putz and didn't seem to like keeping up with new developments in research, several times I actually printed out information for my visits so he could read about new drugs and therapies, because I knew he'd never do it on his own.
My new one is awesome, she studies all the latest journals and research and is much more open to new ideas and opinions. Having a doctor who is completely dedicated to patient care, and improving your
health, makes all the difference in the world. That may sound a little obvious, but I'm often shocked at how many MDs don't seem to be.
I have limited experience with specialist Doctors, but my mother has lupus and some other complications and she has never consulted with any Doctor who took any sort of personal interest in her condition in terms of suggesting new symptoms or research. I guess it's not serious enough in my mother's case.
I wouldn't even know where to begin to find such a Doctor, but from my perspective it just feels like she was told: "You have a chronic condition. It's currently untreatable. Bang. You may now continue your regularly scheduled life." If you had no access to resources like the internet you would literally have no information about new findings in the field until next time you had a giant flare-up and the Doctor in the hospital maybe knew enough about this area to tell you more. From my perspective this seems absolutely absurd.
I've had experience with printing off research papers and giving them to family friends suggesting they ask their doctors about the results, but most people seem to be intimidated by their doctor's authority. Personally I am looking forward to when systems like IBM Watson are able to deliver a better diagnosis and treatment plan than most doctors.
You can imagine a future where most healthcare professionals are just pathology technicians who perform testing and record symptomatology and then hand the data over to some HAL 9000 to crunch. (Essentially a more refined version of what human operators do when they monkey around looking up their symptoms on WebMD). This will mean cheaper healthcare, less skills required for a medical degree, more healthcare workers and better quality research and specialisation among the truly good doctors.
This will also mean a lot of bad doctors will end up being paid less or made redundant, which to me doesn't seem like such a bad thing. It's pretty amazing when you think about the kinds of structural shifts computing and the internet will lead to in even what seems like relatively 'conservative' sectors of life.
Edited by a_recording - 11/28/13 at 3:12pm