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Infectious disease outpatient clinic

Infection disease outpatient clinic

After the briefing with the Head of Department and reading a bit more about refugees’ right to health, Sarah joins Dr Uwe Ziegler at the Infectious disease outpatient clinic and observes how he provides counselling to a patient that may be infected with HIV.

HIV is a serious and chronic disease, but with adherence to effective treatment, patients can expect to live fairly normal lives. In this interview infectious disease specialist Dr Uwe Ziegler talks about the importance of exploring the patient’s understanding of the disease he/she is diagnosed with.

Lack of knowledge, myths and misconceptions may make patients worried about things that health personnel do not realize cause concern. After listening to Dr Ziegler, Sarah appreciates that it is important to ask open-ended questions to patients about what concerns they have in order to provide appropriate reassurance and information.

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