Many people think that healthcare is something that happens when they visit their GP, hospital, dentist, pharmacy or local clinic. What the illustration opposite shows is that the time you spend in these healthcare settings is a tiny percentage of a patient’s daily life. (Click to enlarge.)
Sara Rigarre has Parkinson’s disease and her illustrations shows how much care is in a patient’s own control. The red dot is the time she spends with her doctor and the rest of the time, she’s on her own.
Unfortunately, you can’t take your GP home to look after you but what you can do is take your medication as prescribed to make sure it has the desired effect. Research has shown that patients fully intend to take their medication as prescribed but within just two weeks, 50% of patients are no longer doing so!