Newspapers often come out with reports of new diseases and their prevention. But the busy schedule of people makes them ignorant towards their healthcare. We all have heard that it is never too late to begin. But unfortunately, it doesn’t apply in the medical field. If the disease is diagnosed late then it means late, especially in the case of cancers and heart problems. Although there have been cases where the late-diagnosed patients have recovered, it is too much of a risk to take.

Mistakes Leading to Late Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases

1. Acknowledgment to Medical History

The medical history of a patient allows a doctor to know the strength and weaknesses of the patient’s body. Unfortunately, the transfer of medical records is a flawed system. Furthermore, many patients do not find it important to keep a record of them.  

2. Communication Gap between Doctor and Patient

At times, patients do not feel comfortable to share the physical symptoms with the doctor. It leads to either incorrect diagnosis or late diagnosis of the disease. Thus, the patient needs to express the symptoms.

3. Cognitive Errors

It has been seen that many times, patients consider a simple cough to be from cold and take medicine for the same. But when it doesn’t go away, instead of seeing a doctor, patients take more medicines for it. Thus, patients do not consider the possibility of serious diseases.

4. Access to Quality Medical Help

People with poor or average earnings have limited access to many health care facilities. They cannot afford to do the necessary diagnostic tests or even go to see a doctor. These factors lead to a late diagnosis of diseases.

How to Overcome Late Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases?

Every life is precious. The number of premature deaths every year due to the late diagnosis of diseases highlights the need for early diagnosis. The following measures can effectively solve the problem:

1. Empowering Patients

This strategy involves the education of patients about the symptoms of various diseases, the time course of illness and how to access healthcare. Students should be taught these things in school as a part of the curriculum.

2. Improved Access to Testing

For the low-income population, there should be schemes for cost-effective diagnostic tests. Keeping in mind the high rates of late cancer diagnosis, it is the need of the hour.

3. Training Workforce

The employees of an organization should be given basic clinical training. It is useful for them and those who are around them.

Conclusion

Early detection of diseases is essential for their treatment.  Initiatives must be taken from the government and the public sector to educate people about symptoms and diseases. So their ignorance towards their healthcare stops and they begin to take it seriously.