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h that when things go wrong patient demand detailed explanations and on many occasions take recourse to the law to obtain compensation and justice.

The situation in India is quite different with the lead specialist doctor providing most of the information with very little coming from other directions; for example it will be very unusual for nurses to provide much in depth information. I believe that the quality of information provided by the doctor is these days much better in the private sector especially among the younger medics in urban areas. The internet has also been a great equalizer of access to information amongst the educated. I learn the situation is quite different in the rural areas where old fashioned paternalistic attitudes persist. The Indian patient is still very trusting, emotional and fatalistic.

The point is that different cultures in different parts of the world have a bearing in the style of patient education and nature of counseling though the differences are narrowing due to evolving common channels of information delivery.

6. With medical information available at the click of a button, do you think this trend is a boon or a bane? What is your advice to our readers?

Information asymmetry has in the past, delivered disproportionate powers to the experts encouraging paternalistic behavior often and even arrogant behavior on occasion; that has acted to the detriment of the profession. A well informed patient is probably a more confident and less anxious patient. Being aware of what is happening with your health enables one to cope better should untoward incidents unfortunately occur.

It is therefore my view that more information that is out there on the web the better for the profession and for the patient. It is a definite boon.

My advise to your readers would be to keep well informed about their own health by visiting reputed websites and use that kno
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