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Whats your Religion: SMS Medical College hospitals to ask each of their OPD patients

Whats your Religion: SMS Medical College hospitals to ask each of their OPD patients

Jaipur: Controversy as erupted at the associated hospitals of SMS medical college, after the policy move by the hospital to ask patients to fill a pre-OPD form that particularly questions them about their religion. While the move has drawn flak from activists, the hospital justified the clause in the name of research

All patients going to the SMS Medical College and its associated hospitals will have to disclose their religion at the time of registration, a move which authorities say is meant to create a database of population-specific diseases.

An order was issued by SMS Medical College principal Sudhir Bhandari on July 12, asking associated hospitals to follow the system of filling a pre-OPD form in which patients have to write all their details, including religion.

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The system has already been introduced in SMS Hospital and the associated hospitals are likely to implement it soon, officials said.

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SMS Hospital Superintendent DS Meena said information about religion, sex, age, area helps to prepare a database for medical research purposes and also helps to understand the disease prevalent in a specific area and population.

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The system has been introduced with the intention to create such a database, he said.

Giving examples, he said that Vitamin D deficiency is more common in Muslim women and penile carcinoma is common among Hindus, so such information was important for medical research.

The move however drew flak from health activists,which slammed the government accusing religious profiling by the hospitals.

The college authorities, however maintained that there is nothing unusual in asking patients to mention their religion in the outdoor patient department (OPD) slip,

“There is nothing unusual in this. It is a global practice. Clinical trials, studies, and research are based on these details. Seasonal diseases can be tracked through this and the planning for their treatment can be prepared using these details,” Dr Meena told reporters here.

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Source: with inputs
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    Sumit Majumdar July 29, 2019, 2:46 pm

    The move does have a scientific basis and nothing sinister should be inferred.

  2. user
    Dr Sunil Wadhwa July 28, 2019, 1:17 pm

    A good move to study predilection of certain diseases in communities. For example- Maheshwaris of Rajasthan are genetically more prone to have Porphyria, muslims are more prone to tuberculosis & COPD, CAD because of smoking & having more Red meat/mutton in their diet, Sikhs are more prone to Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease, Dyslipidemia

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    Dr Sunil Wadhwa July 28, 2019, 1:28 pm

    Edit=Also Blacks/ Negros don\’t respond to ACE Inhibitors. A particular community/ Tribe in Africa is resistant to HIV virus. Without demographic details how can you analyse these things.

  4. user
    Dr. Anil K. Singh July 28, 2019, 10:31 am

    It is indeed true that many diseases are common in some communities and in various ethnicities. Such demographic data is useful for targeted preventive strategies.

  5. India is becoming underdeveloped country, going backward. Like this stupid questions of Religion and caste and creed, India can NEVER become developed country in future. Disgusting!

  6. See it’s done for research purpose in medicine, if you are a non medico youbplz know it from your friends who is knowledgeable about this things, don’t pass stupid statements, we are not politicians for your informations and we will not get any votes by getting demographic details of patient.

  7. user
    Dr Sunil Wadhwa July 28, 2019, 1:21 pm

    Please Google to find out association of Religion & Diseases. Nothing to do with backwardness of country. You will become a better clinician. It is a subject in itself. Everything is not communal

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    Ramakrishna Kamath July 28, 2019, 12:29 pm

    It is not for religious discrimination.
    Some religions do not permit certain treatment modalities, like use of bovine / porcine heart valves, receiving blood products etc., it is essential to know such things beforehand to be in a position to come to an acceptable treatment modality in consonance with the patient\’s religious beliefs.
    As the article already states the incidence / prevalence of certain diseases in certain religious groups, I haven\’t mentioned it again.
    Btw do you also feel that hospitals are asking for your address for determining how much money you have, so that you may be billed accordingly?
    Or it is for correspondence and for determining the location where health workers can focus on in cases of Malaria and Dengue etc. or in cases of breathing difficulties noted in many people, whether any pollutant factory is upwind from the locality where such people come from, so that action may be taken…

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    Dr Bayapa Reddy Narapureddy July 27, 2019, 12:49 pm

    Diseases not Deceases

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