Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Patients’ problems often misunderstood by caring staff

31.05.2010
Problems patients experience due to dental or skin conditions are often differently perceived by care providers. This is shown in a dissertation by Francesca Sampogna, a researcher in epidemiology at Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata in Rome.

“To limit this problem, specific courses in communication should be included in the training of health-care personnel,” she says. She defended her dissertation "Quality Of Life and Severity Assessment by Provider and Patient in Oral and Skin Conditions" at the Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University.

For care providers to understand their patients’ problems while at the same time informing the patients about their condition, good communication is needed. In her dissertation Francesca Sampogna investigated how health-care providers perceive patients’ psychosocial situation due to skin or dental conditions. She found, among other things, that dermatologists often underestimate the occurrence of anxiety and depression among their patients.

“I believe this can be the result of faulty communication with the patient, but also of the fact that the doctors only look at the clinical situation. At the same time I’m aware that it isn’t easy to evaluate a patient’s mental status in just a few minutes, but even in a limited time a doctor should be able to create a dialog with his patient to get an idea of how the condition is affecting the patient’s psychosocial life.”

Two of the studies in the dissertation deal with patients with dental conditions. The results show that dentists have a tendency to underestimate their patients’ quality of life. This means that in general patients’ dental status does not have such a negative impact on their quality of life as dentists believe.

“It’s an interesting finding, and I believe part of the explanation may be found in the differences in how patients and dentists or dental hygienists perceive the situation. To patients, the dental condition, even though it may be serious, is only one of multiple components in their lives, whereas the providers’ knowledge of the condition can lead them to overestimate how patients are affected by it.”

A fourth study investigated how dentists and patients perceive the severity of the condition in cases of oral mucosal membrane problems in the oral cavity. The findings indicate major differences between the groups, with patients perceiving their problems as being greater than dentists did.

“When it comes to dental and skin problems, it seems as if the staff often have a personal perception of their patients’ psychosocial situation that does not agree with the patients’ views.”

In her dissertation Francesca Sampogna has demonstrated the importance of good communication between patients and staff in order to understand what special needs the patient has.

“The differences I found in my studies are a sign of communication problems. Therefore, specific courses in communication should be included in the training of care providers and can be a part of continuing education,” she says.

For more information, please contact Francesca Sampogna via e-mail fgsampogna@yahoo.com or by phone +39 349 663 21 66.

Pressofficer Hanna Holm; hanna.holm@mah.se; +46-708 655 233

Hanna Holm | idw
Further information:
http://www.vr.se

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change
17.11.2017 | Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

nachricht Win-win strategies for climate and food security
02.10.2017 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

Im Focus: Wrinkles give heat a jolt in pillared graphene

Rice University researchers test 3-D carbon nanostructures' thermal transport abilities

Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth

17.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

NIST scientists discover how to switch liver cancer cell growth from 2-D to 3-D structures

17.11.2017 | Health and Medicine

The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

17.11.2017 | Studies and Analyses

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>