Wednesday October 16, 2019

Medical Selfies can Improve Relationship between Patient and Doctor: Study

For the study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers first interviewed 30 patients, clinicians and caregivers

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For the study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers first interviewed 30 patients, clinicians and caregivers. Pixabay

Taking medical ‘selfies’ and sharing them with a doctor empowers and reassures patients and can improve their relationship with the medical practitioner, a research has found.

“Healthcare consumers feel this data is valuable, it helps them have a sense of autonomy in their care, improves their view of the service they are being provided and it enhances the relationship between doctor and patient because there is a sense of mutual respect and communication,” said Kara Burns from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

To gauge experiences with and attitudes to consumer-generated health photographs, the researchers conducted a two-part study. For the study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers first interviewed 30 patients, clinicians and caregivers.

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Women taking selfie (Representational Image). VOA

In the second part, parents were asked to take photos of their children’s surgical wounds at the hospital and send it to the surgeon so that he could review healing.

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Parents said it improved their confidence in and satisfaction with the medical service and taking the photos was a useful reminder for them to check how the surgical sites were healing. The findings from the photographic trial supported conclusions drawn from the interview study.

“The parents who took part in the trial said they felt reassured and that the service was going above and beyond. They said normally the door feels shut when you leave a hospital and providing the photos was a way to stay connected and contact the surgeon afterwards,” Burns said. (IANS)

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Regular Exercise Highly Beneficial for All Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Regardless of Age

However, there is few data available about the impact of patient age on the physical and psychological effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation

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As a result, elderly patients are usually less fit than their younger counterparts, and deconditioning is accelerated once cardiovascular disease is established. Pixabay

Regular exercise is highly beneficial for all patients with cardiovascular disease regardless of age, a new study has said, adding that patients who benefited most from cardiac rehabilitation were those who started out with the greatest physical impairment.

Ageing is associated with several factors such as increased inflammation or oxidative stress that predispose people to cardiovascular diseases.

“As a result, elderly patients are usually less fit than their younger counterparts, and deconditioning is accelerated once cardiovascular disease is established,” explained lead investigator Gaelle Deley from University of Burgundy Franche-Comt in France.

However, there is few data available about the impact of patient age on the physical and psychological effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation, said the study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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Ageing is associated with several factors such as increased inflammation or oxidative stress that predispose people to cardiovascular diseases. Pixabay

In the new study, investigators examined 733 patients who completed a 25-session cardiac rehabilitation programme.

Following the intervention, all patients experienced improvements.

“We found a few weeks of exercise training not only significantly improved exercise capacity, but also decreased anxiety and depression. Patients with the greatest physical impairments at baseline benefited the most from exercise,” said Dr Deley.

Another interesting result was that patients younger than 65 who were very anxious before rehabilitation benefited the most from exercise training.

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A similar result was found for depressed patients older than 65.

Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death globally. While cardiovascular diseases increasingly affect young people, the number of people above the age of 65 years, and even more above the age of 80 years, dying from cardiovascular diseases is also increasing. (IANS)