New Delhi: With healthcare becoming one of India’s largest sector in 2016, Curofy–India’s largest community of verified doctors, lying in the subset of healthcare IT, conducted a research to find out the most discussed diseases digitally by doctors this year.
When doctors facing a new medical diagnosis, it’s common to feel confused. Making decisions can be very difficult as you navigate the healthcare system, especially when you need to choose between several treatment options.
Over the year, doctors on Curofy have discussed over 80,000 cases around spectrum of diseases. Curofy lists down the diseases discussed by the doctors in 2016.
Dengue was a major health concern this year. With the onset of hot and humid conditions across the country, discussions around infectious diseases namely- dengue (Rank 3) and malaria (Rank 8) increased rapidly during the months May-September 2016. In the segment of infectious diseases caused by mosquito bite, the screening played a pivotal role in the management of patients with dengue or malaria.
Dr Neha Gupta, Consultant, Infectious disease, Medanta said, ” Dengue was a prevalent disease in many parts of the country this year. A large chunk of population was suffering from it. It was important for doctors to come together and discuss treatment plans as well as spread awareness around mosquito breeding and the preventive measures to be taken to fight the disease.”
Primarily, the therapeutic area- Dermatology managed to garner maximum attention amongst HCPs, majorly around diseases;herpes zoster (Rank 1), tinea corporis (Rank 2), psoriasis (Rank 6), to name a few. In addition to it, relevant screening and treatment options were discussed to accurately manage the patients with dermatological disorders, which included blood profiling, biopsy and fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, azithromycin, respectively.
Commenting on the same, Mudit Vijayvergiya, Co-founder Curofy said, “The conversations around tropical infectious disease, mainly Dengue, increased rapidly digitally and a similar trend was highlighted in the offline world during the same time period”
Being the diabetic capital of the world, a consistent pattern was observed in the discussion around one of the major metabolic disorder- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (Rank 4), which became the forth most talked about disease amongst HCPs from varied specialties.
With the rise in pollution to harmful it was no surprise that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD-Rank 5) was the only respiratory disorder, which managed to become one of top discussed disease amongst HCPs, majorly from specialties- Pulmonology, General Practice and Internal Medicine. Parallel to COPD and Psoriasis, the highly informative conversations around the diagnosis and treatment of cancer (Rank 7), either surgically or therapeutically, assisted in making malignancy to the list of top discussed diseases as well.
Lastly, cardiomegaly (Rank 9) and hypertension (Rank 10) were equally discussed by HCPs over the year. The patients with cardiovascular diseases were often presented with comorbidities that led to comprehensive discussions around the management and treatment options for the same diseases, majorly by cardiologists.