The renowned orthopedic and spinal surgeon, Hani Mhaidli, alerted at the meeting of Neurosciences (N20), held during the summit of the G20 in Buenos Aires, of the false expectations that the disinformation that circulates through social networks and the media creates in patients. The meeting, which took place on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November, brought together experts of worldwide reference, with Mhaidli being the only Spanish doctor invited. The specialist, who has established his private consultation on the island, and also holds the position of first vice president of the Ibero-Latin American Society of Spinal Column (Silaco), gave a lecture that was titled Effects of social networks on the expectations of patients with vertebral pathology. The purpose has been to transfer to other countries the problems that this reality may represent for the sick, in order for the authorities to take the appropriate measures.
Following this line, the doctor defended the creation of a seal of quality, which is controlled by a government committee, and able to endorse the accuracy of the information. "Nowadays, people who come to a medical consultation come with a preconceived idea because they have already established contact with social networks, which has led to the creation of a new group of patients, who in turn contact each other, without no type of control, "said the specialist.
He also highlighted that "the headlines that appear published in some media, and that have not been correctly contrasted, increase the false hopes of the patients." Many times, doctors have to be on the defensive to try to eliminate misconceptions the head of the patients. " For this reason, the specialist claimed the need to "protect" society from this type of practice, "because there is much ignorance, and people often believe everything they read." The conflict happens when they come to our consultations asking for things that they are not real".
And is that, according to Dr. Mhaidli, in his day to day observes assiduously this type of episodes. Some events that, based on the statements of the professional, "have increased in a very remarkable way in the last decade".
Another of the points addressed during his speech, and which is of particular concern to the doctor, is the marketing of implants through web portals. "The sale of implants online at a reduced price has caused the death of many people, which is a practice that can not be tolerated," he said. He added that, "there is no greater business than that done with a desperate patient."
The doctor-patient relationship was another subject that could be highlighted by the expert. "This relationship has become paternalistic, they have made us believe that it is the specialist who has to decide, when it should be the other way around, this is a hoax, because the last word must always be given to the patient," he added.
The meeting also served to put on the table other relevant aspects such as the social and economic consequences of diseases associated with the spine; the approach to sick leave; the material and logistical support for the investigation of pathologies such as epilepsy; the use of stem cells; the creation of a patient database shared between countries; or the prevention of traffic accidents that may affect the brain or the spine.
It was precisely in this last point that Spain managed to be proposed as a reference in the aforementioned meeting of experts. "Our country has managed to considerably reduce the number of traffic accidents, thanks to the successful campaigns that have been carried out and the radars that have been installed, which is why I have transferred these achievements to the other countries in order to adopt them. our model, "explained the doctor.
The annual summit of the G20 gathered yesterday and last Friday – just one day after the closing of the N20 – to the leaders of the main world powers, in order to debate and find common solutions to the problems that affect the different nations .