Expectations of Health Professionals

Before reading this, this is not to discredit the expertise of people who have trained for the position they work in. Rather, as someone who is training to be an Allied Health Professional, I wanted to reveal something to you about people like us…

We’re not perfect. We’re only human. We do not know everything at all times. We don’t always look after our health how we should.

I’m reminded of one of the first seminars I attended on my masters course, and I remember someone asking quite a detailed question about the area the lecturer was discussing. The lecturer took a minute, and then said “You know, I don’t quite know how to answer that. Let me get back to you about it.” At the time I thought, wait, aren’t you the expert on this!? Shouldn’t you know this?

Later on in the course, we all became closer as a group, and the lecturers felt more like colleagues by the end of the year. In time, we had discussions about topics like this, and as students we later realised that┬ánobody holds all the information they’re knowledgable about. They’re only human, just like us. We’re not a database of knowledge, despite the infinite capabilities of our long-term memory.

My point being that professionals are just as flawed as you are. We do not live in a perfect world, and even though health professionals have the best of intentions, sometimes mistakes are made, or information is forgotten. Sometimes we don’t even follow our own advice. But thats ok. We learn from our mistakes, and then try to apply it in the future.

Even though I have made it my mission to share my knowledge, disseminating research in my field, I sometimes may make a mistake. Though I try to give you the best advice I know how, sometimes I find it difficult myself to follow that advice. Sometimes I’m just a lazy guy who wants to watch a film marathon, and enjoy some snacks!

This is why I ask of you to think critically of what you are told, including from this website. To think about how the information being shared with you applies to your life, or doesn’t, and whether this is coming from a valid source. But I would also ask of you to not think of health professionals as hypocrites, if they are not an envision of perfect health. As humans we all have our baggage to work through, whether we’re just starting to take responsibility for our health, or are professionals at the top of our game.

What do you think? I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on this. How do you feel about health professionals potentially making mistakes when sharing information? Do you think they’re hypocrites if they are not the healthiest person you’ve ever me? Let me know in the comments below!

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