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How to use content knowledge to communicate with patients and staff as a paediatrician?

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How is content knowledge essential as a pediatrician?
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How is your work affected when patients lack content knowledge?
Posted Mon, 13 May 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 42 minutes later
Welcome to this forum!
This is more to guide the parents and patients in medical problems.
Your questions look like a research study !
Are you a medical person/ health care worker?
Again each section/question is a separate query by itself!!!!!

Now query 1
Content knowledge is essential for pediatrician not only with ref to teaching, but in the management of each patient to analyse the etiology and pathogenesis of each problem -it may be a congenital anomaly or metabolic problem or infection and its complications.
2 It depends on where one works-is it a teaching hospital,multispecialilty set up or primary care.
Wherever it is medical care giver has to have a good content knowledge so that one can communicate with the others.

3 Each problem needs a deep knowledge of anatomy,physiology ,pathology, various possible presentations ( often it is not a text book presentation or 1+2=3 in medicine!!!).,how we are going to manage the problem,what medicines and its complications and finally the socio psychological impact of the illness on the child and the family.

4 this is almost a repetition of previous note.
When it is not there it is gong to affect the diagnosis,and all it sequele.

5 with patients who are well informed nowadays after browsing tho internet - being XXXXXXX kind and using soft words and using pictures,line drawings ,etc to explain the condition.
With nurses --again depends on their basic knowledge -and what role they are supposed to play as preliminary care givers as in USA /councillors as in UK- in other parts of the world their role is primarily following the treatment ordered by the doctors.
Teaching them is a continuous process during the petient care by the pediatrician but that depends on the individual's interest.
The nurses play a very essential role as thy are there with the patient 24*7 unlike others ESP in setups like ICUs .

I have given a long reply.
Good luck
Dr Uma
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Follow-up: How to use content knowledge to communicate with patients and staff as a paediatrician? 8 hours later
What do you feel is most essential content knowledge skill for a pediatrician to know?
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 2 hours later
Good communication skills with both children and adults.
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