Do doctors have disabled patients?

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    I hope I don't sound stupid, but do doctors receive critically disabled patients like those who can't speak or move. The reason why I'm asking this is that there is a volunteering opportunity to be a coach for disabled people, so I'm just wondering if it would be relevant?
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    Nah disabled people don't ever need to see a doctor as they have a special device that makes them immune from all illnesses
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    Doctors will get patients who have severe disabilities, I've met quite a few in the community. As they're long term patients, they're often seen by a whole range of other health care professionals too.
    I think your volunteering opportunity would be really good. You'll gain communication skills and it'll hopefully give you some insight into the challenges faced by people with disabilities. Also, most volunteer/ work exp placements can be presented in a way that's relevant to medicine if you try hard enough
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    Thanks!
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    Doctors will get patients who have severe disabilities, I've met quite a few in the community. As they're long term patients, they're often seen by a whole range of other health care professionals too.
    I think your volunteering opportunity would be really good. You'll gain communication skills and it'll hopefully give you some insight into the challenges faced by people with disabilities. Also, most volunteer/ work exp placements can be presented in a way that's relevant to medicine if you try hard enough
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
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    I hope I don't sound stupid, but do doctors receive critically disabled patients like those who can't speak or move. The reason why I'm asking this is that there is a volunteering opportunity to be a coach for disabled people, so I'm just wondering if it would be relevant?
    Patients with neurological disabilities do end up in hospital quite commonly, often due to chest/urinary infections, seizures, blocked catheters, constipation, side effects of medications/medication interactions, or rather depressingly, "social reasons" i.e. the social care system has broken down and turfing them to a hospital was the only remaining choice for whoever was caring for them. This often ends up being an unnecessarily prolonged and quite stressful experience for the patient.

    So to answer your question, it is definitely relevant. Whilst most doctors are not actively involved in the rehabilitation side of patient care, it is still beneficial to a) have some direct experience of working with individuals who are disabled rather than acutely unwell, and b) find out whether you're the sort of person who is able to communicate and interact clearly and empathetically with someone who has special needs.
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    (Original post by Democracy)
    Patients with neurological disabilities do end up in hospital quite commonly, often due to chest/urinary infections, seizures, blocked catheters, constipation, side effects of medications/medication interactions, or rather depressingly, "social reasons" i.e. the social care system has broken down and turfing them to a hospital was the only remaining choice for whoever was caring for them. This usually ends up being an unnecessarily prolonged and quite stressful experience for the patient.

    So to answer your question, it is definitely relevant. Whilst most doctors are not actively involved in the rehabilitation side of patient care, it is still beneficial to a) have some direct experience of working with individuals who are disabled rather than acutely unwell, and b) find out whether you're the sort of person who is able to communicate and interact clearly and empathetically with someone who has special needs.
    Thank you so much
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    Yes they're greatly over-represented in the inpatient population. Some of them spend most of their lives in hospital. That sounds like a great course.
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    Yes, definitely. It sounds like a brilliant opportunity!
 
 
 
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