Day 128 - Community Presentations 2 (30/01/2018)

Got up super early to finish off our second patient presentation - as far as I'm aware many people have been pretty apathetic about doing these well, but from my position we've put too much time in already to do a half-arsed job. It went well overall and we kept to time much better (only running a single minute over the allotted 20 minutes).

I was impressed by how switched on and engaged everyone was when it came to asking questions of other presenting groups - it led to some really engaging conversations and angles we hadn't previously considered. I'm still not quite sure where I stand on correcting patients if they have good health behaviours that are leading to good outcomes and improved quality of life, even if they don't quite understand the mechanics. Take a patient with diabetes for example - if they are happy to exercise and diet well despite not understanding their diabetes, what is the best course of action to take? Normally I'd wish to intervene and make sure they were as fully informed as possible, but I'm not intuitively sure that everyone would necessarily feel the same way.

Two patients from other group presentations had suffered with strokes, but interestingly the outcomes had been very different, and they had dealt with it in different ways. Once again it highlighted how much of a difference social support and the like makes once the patient is discharged - it's by no means the end of the story.