'Should doctors who spread misinformation lose their credentials? This group thinks so' (3)

13 June, 2022

I think this type of physicians (doctors) should lose their credentials if they spread misinformation. The challenge is when you have full trust in the doctor and think that this person speaks only the truth, how can you find out or report if this person is speaking the truth or is misinforming the patient. Few days back I met a physician and when we talked about corona and its vaccine, that person said “I don’t believe that there is any thing that is called corona, I never had the vaccine and will never have it. A number of physicians, he added, have the same belief”. What do you do if your physician is smoking and talking about tobacco as the remedy for many of the stress challenges they have and killed anybody. How do differentiate between these statements as clearly misinforming people and the scientific studies that say the opposite? How one can challenge the words of “god”?

Kind regards. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.



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