Ongoing Problem of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Underlines the Importance of More Personalized Medical Care, says Dr. Michael Farzam

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Commenting on a recent article, the Los Angeles house call doctor notes that taking enough time with patients can make an enormous difference.

Unneeded antibiotic prescriptions present a problem for all patients.

Doctors who are forced to spend very little time with patients may be more likely to make errors or may simply feel they can’t take the time to explain to patients that antibiotics are entirely ineffective against non-bacterial illnesses.

A May 8 article on CBCNews reports that nearly half of Canadian senior citizens who visit a doctor for colds or respiratory issues that are not responsive to antibiotics nevertheless obtain prescriptions for them. The article goes on to note that excessive time pressure on doctors may be largely responsible for the problem both in Canada and the United States. Dr. Michael Farzam of House Call Doctor Los Angeles says that over-prescription of antibiotics is a serious matter that is clearly related to the fact that the average doctor visit time has shrunk to just a few minutes in recent years. In the case of needless antibiotic prescriptions, he adds, the results are not only bad for the particular patient, who is given a medication that will not help, but pose a major risk to all other individuals because the ongoing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Dr. Farzam notes that doctors who are forced to spend very little time with patients may be more likely to make errors or may simply feel they can’t take the time to explain to patients that antibiotics are entirely ineffective against non-bacterial illnesses, while being potentially very harmful to the community. He adds that house call doctors can take more time to really explore important health matters with patients, many additional benefits that go beyond simple convenience, including reduced stress and allowing more time for patients to rest and recuperate.

Dr. Farzam points out that, unlike an office visit, a house call means that the doctor has the ability to survey the patient’s household surroundings. He notes that seeing how a patient lives can sometimes even bring out the root causes of a patient’s problem in some cases. For example, a patient who thinks he or she is dealing with an especially persistent cold or respiratory infection might actually be struggling with allergies related to any of a large number of factors in their environment, or there might be lifestyle issues which patients may not think to mention in an ordinary office setting, says Dr. Farzam.

Dr. Farzam concludes by noting that the really crucial ingredient in providing appropriate medical attention is time. Doctors who don’t take the time to really listen to patients and to find out as much as they can about them may not be able to discern the important details that can directly lead to more successful outcomes. Dr. Farzam notes that the more relaxed house call setting offers the ideal environment for outstanding care that truly focuses on the needs of the patient.

Readers who are interested in learning more about Dr. Farzam and his practice, House Call Doctor Los Angeles, can call 310-849-7991 or visit http://www.housecalldoctorla.com.

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