Family doctor symposium to advance world class community healthcare
Delivering faster effective world class health care in the community through enhanced healthcare practice is the theme and main aim of a doctors’ symposium being held in Abu Dhabi on 19th April 2014.
The 2nd General Practitioner(GP) Update being held on the 19th April 2014 has been organized by Dr Nigel Umar Beejay, a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, an entity managed by Cleveland Clinic, and Dr Fayeza Saif Nasir, a Consultant Physician working at Ambulatory Health Services, SEHA.
“Typical problems that GPs and family doctors see in the UAE relate to non-communicable lifestyle diseases, but often symptoms are vague and non-specific, meaning that effective diagnostic tools are vital,” said Dr. Beejay.
Health care is rapidly changing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to ensure that patients receive care that patients want. And patients want care that is successful, sustainable, acceptable and timely as well as being cost effective.
“If a patient complains that he is always thirsty and visiting the rest room frequently, these may be the symptoms of diabetes. Similarly, does a person with persistent headaches have high blood pressure, which is often a cause, or are there issues of an emotional nature relating to their life at home that might responsible? These are areas having good primary can help separate real disease and illness from non-significant symptoms,” he added.
Common conditions covered in the lectures, which are divided into 30-minute presentations by experts in their respective fields, include high blood pressure, asthma, women’s health, hepatitis, diabetes, obesity, headaches, infectious diseases and skin conditions as well as depression. The experts will share their experiences with their colleagues to help identify the most effective and cutting edge diagnostic and treatment methods for the disorders that are commonly encountered within the region.
As opposed to most of their hospital-based colleagues, GPs and family doctors see patients of all ages and often have to manage and treat many medical conditions at the same time. General Practitioners and Family Physicians must have a holistic balanced view of the patient’s medical conditions and must be aware of advances in multiple fields of medicine. In most western countries, it is the General Practitioners and Family Physicians who know their patients best. They are able to help patients make the best decisions about their health care in a way that is respectful to patients and one that allows patients to make informed decisions about their own health care.
“Patients is Abu Dhabi deserve world class health care that is focused on preventing disease from occurring rather than treating disease when it occurs in its late stages,” said Dr. Beejay. “Prevention is better than cure and patients deserve care that is successful, sustainable, acceptable and timely as well as being cost effective. Every patient deserves the utmost respect,” he added.
The World Health Organization Regional Office of the Eastern Mediterranean estimates that 54% of deaths from non-communicable diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are due to cardiovascular(heart) diseases. Most of this heart disease is due to sedentary lifestyles and common risk factors, such as hypertension. Rates of hypertension range from 28% in the United Arab Emirates to 41% in Libya and Morocco).
“It’s vital that general practitioners working in the Abu Dhabi community have the opportunity to regularly get together and compare and contrast their differing experiences in the diagnosis and treatment of the most frequently presented conditions from patients,” said Dr. Beejay. “Providing healthcare in the community setting is challenging, as clinics and GP surgeries have a large volume of people to treat and only a limited time to spend in a consultation for each patient. Finding ways to increase efficiency and improve the delivery of care in the community setting is, therefore, fundamental to good practice,” he added.
The 2nd General Practitioner(GP) Update will take place on 19th April 2014 at the Novotel Al Bustan Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Medical professionals working in the fields of family medicine, cardiology, respirology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, pediatrics, psychiatry and rheumatology, among others, will be attending with the aim of advancing the delivery of healthcare across the Abu Dhabi community.
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