Knowing personal details about patients and good clinical examination skills are important for proper diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases, Registrar of Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences T. Venugopala Rao has said.

Inaugurating a continuing medical education (CME) programme on “Clinical Cardiology and ECG” at the Dr.Pinnamaneni Siddartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation at Chinna Avutapalli, near here on Tuesday , Dr. Venugopala Rao said the number of physicians who have inadequate clinical skills and depend entirely on tests and procedures was growing.

He said that physicians who do not take adequate medical history, cannot perform reliable physical examination, cannot critically assess the information gathered, cannot prepare a sound management plan, have little reasoning power and communication skills were growing in number.

Interpretation

Though they learn to order all kinds of tests and procedures they would fail to interpret them properly, he said.

The new ‘hands off” culture that was becoming popular amongst the doctors would definitely strain the doctor-patient relationship.

Quoting noted doctor Francis W. Peabody the registrar said that “clinical picture did not mean the photograph of a man sick in bed, it is an impressionist painting of the patient surrounded by his home, work, his kin, his joys, sorrows, hopes and fears.”

Director General of the Institute C.Nageswara Rao was present.

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