Patient Solidarity Day, 6 December
Dear Neil and friends, when you write 'access to reliable healthcare information' you should also indicate who is responsibile or has the duty to disseminate such information.
Otherwise they remain mere words, to which everybody will agree but nobody will act accordingly.
I wonder whether there is a document that lists the Rights for the Patient, worldwide. These rights are certainly connected with the duties of doctors: indeed a Right implies always a Duty by someone else.
As I repeatedly wrote in HIFA the following right:
"patients, any, being him admitted or examined in opd, treated in private or public setting, by specialist or ordinary doctor have the right to obtain the diagnostic suspect written on their own health booklet". Doctors/prescribers have the duty to write down what they have in mind : the diagnose(s).
Written document is the best way of disseminating healthcare information.
HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He currently works on a volunteer basis in an excellent missionary/credited hospital in north Uganda, St. Mary's Hospital-Lacor-GULU. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health. massimoser20 AT gmail.com