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At last, patients are being taken seriously

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At long last, patients are being taken seriously, but not by all GPs and Endocrinologists. Thyroid UK is doing it’s best to change their attitudes.

The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF HYPOTHYROIDISM 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!

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shaws profile image

Excellent - as long as doctors read it. I doubt they have the time but it is their duty to keep up-to-date with treatments/changes.

Excellent..I've seen this site before but had forgotten about it..

Thank you for posting. Very relevant.

Clutter profile image

Thanks, Bomap.

" Doctors do not seek to implement new treatments that are supported in the literature or change treatments that are not.”

Unless influenced by Big Pharma marketing promotions :x

I read somewhere that changes in knowledge and attitude lag 17 years behind research.

in reply to Angel_of_the_North

You may have seen the quote from American Medical Informatics Association in the section "Why Doesn’t My Endocrinologist Know All of This?"

ivy77 profile image

This is the best site i read so far!! Says it all, isnt it simple??? Why it takes someone 20 years to freakin get it that ft3 is active hormone and important one , and that this all is complex story about metabolism in the first place!! And that every freakin cell in the body relies on t3!!! it this hard to get it?

I dont understand. I sent this link to my doc!! Let him read it! This is his job anyway and not mine.....

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