What makes a good healthcare professional?

healthcare 19_

(Piron Guillaume, Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Felipe Mazaro Matheus, born in 1992, a biomedical and fourth year medical student
at Unicesumar in Maringá (Brazil). He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


It is well known that health care and professional’s view of the patient change over time. As this evolution occurs, debates such as ‘What makes a good healthcare professional?’ Are more frequent. But after all, a good professional should have what skills and how to behave when facing the different scenarios of health care, difficulties of patients and their profession?

Above all, respect and concern for the patient should be the most important qualities of a healthcare professional. One must know how to deal with anguish, pain and frailty in an individualized manner. It is essential to remember that the patient to be treated is not just a disease, but a human being with emotions, immersed in peculiar social and cultural spheres..

Equally, professional-patient communication becomes essential and differentiates average from good and great professionals. Clearly, no patient is the same as another, so communication should not be the same for everyone. The professional should not always be brief in their information, some patients, for example, do not follow many treatments precisely because they do not understand what is happening to them and do not know how to take prescription drugs. A good professional always needs to practice communication skills, developing fluidity and eloquence for all patients to understand, as well as knowing how to articulate according to the environmental situation imposed on it.

Likewise, another feature of great importance to a good professional is always updating. Patients with a few clicks on the Internet now have enough information to suggest treatment and even some diagnosis. Congresses, workshops, scientific studies and specializations are some ways to gain knowledge and show the patient complete mastery of what is being done. It is noteworthy that general skills such as dedication, responsibility, efficiency, humility are equally important to highlight good professionals.

In short, a good healthcare professional needs to have certain skills and attitudes that qualify him or her for any given time in the face of difficulties encountered in the profession. Likewise, it is also important for the humanized treatment practice that patients so need.

About the author

Felipe Mazaro Matheus, born in 1992, is a biomedical and fourth year medical student
at Unicesumar in Maringá (Brazil). He is a lover of physiology and defender of human
rights. Bárbara Okabaiasse Luizeti is 20 years old and a third-year medical student. She is working as Vice President of the Miguel Nicolelis Academic Center, LPR-D (Local
Officer on Publications and Research Director) and Director of the Nucleus of Scientific
Research at IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar. She has always been dedicated to helping
vulnerable populations from extracurricular projects, and disseminating health
information to lay people and academics.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

German stock market is not affected by the Greek debt revolution while Athens is running out of time

Merkel had it her way with the refugees & immigrants but can Greece and Turkey deliver?

Summer pause gives time to rethink Eurozone’s problems

UN and partners appeal for $920 million to meet ‘dire needs’ of Rohingya refugees

Future fit: 3 ways fashion can be more sustainable

Better ID card security to curb document fraud

Monday’s Daily Brief: biodiversity and forests, labour and road safety, women’s rights, and fallen UN staff remembered

The European Parliament hemicycle in Strasbourg (Copyright: European Union, 2017 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Mauro Bottaro)

EU Parliament sends controversial copyright law reform back to discussion

Industrial products: Lifting the last impediments in the EU single market

EU and New Zealand launch trade negotiations

Four major resources for new European young entrepreneurs

Digital development: technology-enabled, but human-centric

This is what the gender pay gap looks like in eight countries

The Stray

Why people with disabilities are your company’s untapped resource

What brands get wrong about China – and how to put it right

Global Talent – Professional Internships

It’s just electronic cigarette, don’t worry?

What next for Europe? Three (completely) different Davos views

UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

A silent killer: the impact of a changing climate on health

Japan should reform retirement policies to meet challenge of ageing workforce

Facts and prejudices about work

“No labels for entrepreneurs!”, a young business leader from Italy cries out

Electronic Cigarettes: Are they really as safe as we think?

TTIP’s 11th round major takeaways and the usual “leaked” document

Germany’s strong anti-bribery enforcement against individuals needs to be matched by comparably strong enforcement against companies

UN rights chief slams ‘unconscionable’ US border policy of separating migrant children from parents

Why this city is paying people to move there

The remote doctor, can it ever work?

This new form of currency could transform the way we see money

These are the fastest trains in the world

1 in 4 Africans had to pay a bribe to access public services last year

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

On International Youth Day the European Youth Forum calls for true youth participation

Want a fairer society? This economist says he has the answer

Permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) on the table of NATO Defense Ministers amid US concerns

Close to final agreement on the EU Banking Union

3 things to know about India’s space programme

Rising insecurity in Central Africa Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

EU and Australia launch talks for a broad trade agreement

A Sting Exclusive: “Paris is the moment for climate justice”, Swedish MEP Linnéa Engström claims from Brussels

Parliament toughens its position on banking union

UNICEF warns of ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya youth, one year after Myanmar exodus

Central banking in times of complexity

Climate change: ‘A moral, ethical and economic imperative’ to slow global warming say UN leaders, calling for more action

Draghi’s 2018 compromise: enough money printing to revive inflation and check euro ascent

Nordic noir: The unhappiness epidemic affecting young people in the world’s happiest countries

Trump blocks US warmongers from bombing Iran

Trump ostracized by his party and world elites but still remains in course; how can he do it?

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for smaller businesses to get financing through capital markets

Further reforms can foster more inclusive labour markets in The Netherlands

Afghanistan: UN ‘unequivocally condemns’ attack in Kabul

MEPs criticise “America first” policy

An economist explains why women are paid less

Madagascar: UN chief commends leaders, State institutions following ‘historic milestone’ election

There is a forgotten solution to climate change that we must invest in – nature

Job vacancy data reveal better prospects for Britain, stagnation in Eurozone

Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States

EU fundamental rights under threat in several member states

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s