The medical community is not an exception when it comes to facing challenges in the industry. In this forum, we ask key opinion leaders and practitioners on what lies ahead and how we can go through with as a community.
Philippine Medical Association (2016-2018)
Cannabis for “medical use,” by some people and in some countries, refers to the natural or synthetic, to alleviate symptoms of some diseases “under professional supervision.” There is, however, no single agreed upon definition among physicians throughout the world because cannabis research in many countries, even in those countries where it is legalized, have, thus far, only come up with “low-quality” scientific evidence on the health effects and therapeutic effectiveness of cannabis.” The physicians of national medical associations that are also members of the World Medical Association agree that more rigorous and well-designed scientific research involving larger samples is necessary before governments decide whether or not to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. To date, “the serious adverse health effects such as increased risk of psychosis, fatal motor vehicle accidents, dependency and even deficits in verbal learning, memory and attention” far out-weight the possible benefits that can be derived from its use.
PhilHealth, Representative of the Monetary Board
The biggest challenge for the medical profession is to stay away from conflict of interests and the lack of passion to do health advocacy as one team. The medical societies should strengthen the dissemination of info related to the ethical practice of the profession and education of the young doctors on the value of advocacy work.
Stroke and Hypertension Specialist
I think one of the new challenges is keeping abreast with good and high quality level of evidence journal articles to keep the medical practitioners updated and offer best practices to patient care. If the medical practitioner is connected with an academic or teaching hospital then there should be little problem if there are regular journal club sessions he can attend. Learning and mastering critical appraisal techniques on up-to-date medical literatures would help raise the bar in their clinical excellence. Medical practitioners who don’t have the opportunity to attend to these activities may resort to self-directed learning by accessing high impact journal articles that fill in the knowledge gap and keep oneself regularly updated.