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The art of listening to patients …with patience

Modern technological advancements have improved the outcome of medical treatment for many diseases. Yet, in daily life, patients continue to be dissatisfied with their encounters with the healthcare system, leading to doctor-shopping and litigation.

Prof Alka Ganesh
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Glucocorticoids: Therapeutic relevance

Viral infections, including COVID-19, show increased inflammatory cells, arterial dilation, increased blood flow and other substantial changes.

Dr Rajani Kanth Vangala

The COVID-19 impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of medical care and created a healthcare crisis. This has had a negative impact on the conduct of clinical trials.

Dr Arun Bhatt

“Prolonging pain on ventilators can be replaced by physical and mental comfort”

Dr Rajagopal is of the view when support is given to COVID-19-affected people to make realistic, not idealistic choices, the disproportionate demand on irrational aggressive life support measures will drop and the health systems will be able to give optimal care to those who will benefit. Edited excerpts from his conversation with FM

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Real World Studies – A powerful research tool for COVID-19

Real-World Studies (RWS) are conducted using real-world data (RWD) on patient health status routinely collected in clinics and hospitals.

Dr Arun Bhatt

“Current infection vs testing ratio in India is inadequate to flatten the curve early”

Prof Mahendra K Verma from IIT-Kanpur, who led the study, warns that India, which exhibited linear growth and has now reached exponential growth, is yet to show a
similar succession or signs of flattening the curve.

Limitations with current testing techs

The exit strategy from COVID-19 pandemic is testing, screening, isolation and therapy. Present-day testing technologies have several drawbacks, limiting their implementation at a mass level.

Dr Rajani Kanth Vangala