Health in the workplace: prevention goes global

a globe resting on a stethoscope symbolising global health

Today marks the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The International Labour Organisation has designated 2015 as the year for governments, employers and employees to “Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH [Occupational Safety and Health][i]”, with priority given to preventing injury and illness. Best Doctors looks at ways that employers are embracing best prevention practices.

While a large part of preventive workplace safety and health measures is dedicated to on-the-job safety, such as the correct operation and maintenance of machinery and ensuring a hygienic and toxin-free working environment, prevention also includes providing employees with reliable resources for support and advice when it comes to their health concerns. Such resources may take the form of on-site facilities or may be included as part of an employee benefits package. A global approach to health Preventive measures can also be strengthened through the corporate culture that a company transmits and shares with its employees. According to a recent article in Read more

Communication – a therapeutic tool in palliative care

From the point of view of health care professionals, few situations are quite as complex as caring for patients at the end of their lives.

Living with death on a daily basis and the effects of this on the patient and their friends and relatives can cause a psychological reaction in palliative caregivers that , both with the patient and with their family.

We should firstly consider a few basic questions when caring for a person at the end of their life. These will help us to deal with that patient’s particular case, assessing their medical and emotional situation: Does the patient want to know the information I am about to tell them? What specific details does the patient want to know about their state of health? Is the patient really ready to be told this information and to assimilate it? Feelings of apprehension about how the patient will react or not knowing how to answer certain questions must be overcome to ensure that the situation is Read more

5 tips for better communication with your doctor

As we have mentioned on previous occasions, at Best Doctors we consider that an important part of our health depends on our attitude as patients, in addition to our ability to take part in our diagnosis and treatments.

Being a patient does not mean being a passive recipient of medical knowledge, and the patient-doctor relationship is definitely a two-way street. Good communication with your doctor is fundamental to ensuring a correct diagnosis, the most appropriate treatment and the most lasting results. The next time you sit down in front of your doctor, keep these five tips in mind.

1. Trust your doctor. If you approach your upcoming doctor’s visit with just one idea, let it be this one. A trusting relationship with your doctor allows you to form a team with your doctor and work together on your diagnosis and treatment in an open and honest way. This doesn’t mean you need to blindly accept everything your doctor says, but if you start off with feelings of distrust you are more likely to hide important details or not follow treatment advice, leading to a higher likelihood of misdiagnosis or poor clinical outcome. 2. Be honest. “Forgetting” or being too Read more