Local CBS News Affiliate to Interview ‘Symptoms and Diagnosis’ Author

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Nabin Sapkota, MD, a board certified internist and author of "Symptoms and Diagnosis" book project, is scheduled to appear on Lincoln Nebraska’s local CBS affiliate for a live news interview to be aired at noon today. Dr. Sapkota plans to talk about how patient’s symptoms and medical diagnosis are related to each other.

Symptoms and diagnosis

Nebrasks doctor: Author of Symptoms and Diagnosis

Nabin Sapkota, MD is a board certified physician practicing as a hospitalist in Nebraska. He has been working on a book project called “Symptoms and Diagnosis.” According to the doctor, this book will feature real patient stories aimed to teach general public about how unique circumstances of individual patients play a big role in how symptoms need to be interpreted. The doctor claims that symptoms belong to the patient and not to the disease.

“I am very excited to be on the news interview today,” says the doctor. “I will be talking about a subject I am very passionate about. Most people today rely on the Internet to get information about symptoms and diagnosis. When people have certain symptoms and are concerned about a particular disease, they first go to the Internet to look up the symptoms of that disease. For example, if you are worried about pneumonia, you can search the Internet for symptoms of pneumonia. You will get a list of 10 websites on the front page that all talk about symptoms of pneumonia. They have very detailed description of different types of pneumonia and list all the common symptoms of pneumonia. If the symptoms you are having do not match the list of symptoms on the internet, should you be reassured and not seek medical attention?”

The Nebraska doctor adds,“This is the problem with the traditional view of symptoms and diagnosis. People are taught about the typical or common symptoms of a disease and they compare their own symptoms with the listed symptoms and make or reject a diagnosis. This kind of diagnostic thinking ignores the most important fact about symptoms and diagnosis. The symptoms belong to the patient and not to the disease. The unique features of a particular patient influences how the symptoms of any disease present in that patient. You may have only one of the ten symptoms on the list but you may have a very severe form of pneumonia. The severity of illness has no correlation to how well the actual symptoms match with the listed symptoms. This is what I intend to teach my patients on the website and in the book.”

Dr. Sapkota has set up a website that has real stories of patients that he took care of during his eight years of medical career practicing internal medicine in the Midwestern United States. He intends to show how symptoms of diseases present in real patients and describe what factors are important in making the correct medical diagnosis. He identifies his target audience as patients and their families who are looking for in-depth information about their symptoms. The popularity of his website has been growing rapidly and the mainstream media seems to have noticed it.

“My aim is to empower patients with a detailed knowledge of how real patients are diagnosed and treated. I would like to thank the media for helping me spread the message. I hope that patient empowerment through case based teaching will help improve doctor-patient communication and increase diagnostic accuracy,” Dr. Sapkota concludes.

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