At long last, patients are being taken seriously, but not by all GPs and Endocrinologists. Thyroid UK thyroiduk.org.uk is doing it’s best to change their attitudes.
The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF HYPOTHYROIDISM nahypothyroidism.org offers extremely useful and detailed information on:
“Understanding Local Control of Thyroid Hormones”: (Deiodinases Function and Activity)
“How Accurate is TSH Testing”?
“Why Doesn’t My Endocrinologist Know All of This”?
“Thyroid Hormone Transport”.
“What happens when patients know more than their doctors? Experiences of health interactions after diabetes patient education”: a qualitative patient-led study Snow R, Humphrey C, Sandall J. BMJ Open 2013;3:e003583. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003583 and which states:
“Doctors, nurses and others whose attitudes impact on patient care must be supported to extend that model of shared expertise to work with those who have chronic illnesses, seeing the patient as part of the healthcare team, and the patient’s condition-specific biomedical knowledge as a valuable resource, not a threat”
Towards the patient revolution Fiona Godlee editor, BMJ An editorial BMJ 2014;348:g1209 doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1209 (Published 29 January 2014). Concludes:-
“With the new tools at their disposal patients will hold us all accountable in new and necessary ways”.
William Shankle, M.D., Professor, University of California, Irvine. Stated:
“Most doctors are practicing 10 to 20 years behind the available medical literature and continue to practice what they learned in medical school…. There is a breakdown in
the transfer of information from the research to the overwhelming majority of practicing physicians. Doctors do not seek to implement new treatments that are supported in the literature or change treatments that are not.”
Battle on folks!