This is the second post in a series on fibroid doctors. Once you find a doctor, it is vital to feel comfortable with that professional. Medical knowledge is important but never underestimate good communication skills. Medicine is both a science and an art. Make sure your doctor practices both.
PBS is airing Remaking American Medicine. I am impressed by the amount of information there including this great list on evaluating a doctor:
Does your physician exhibit these behaviors?
- Listens to all symptoms before making a diagnosis.
- Is knowledgeable about the patient’s condition; past and current status.
- Is very knowledgeable about diagnosis and current treatments; staying up to date on current medications and recent research.
- Encourages patients and family members to ask questions and participate in the care experience.
- Gives options for solving problems and suggests ways in which patient and family member can participate in care.
- Collaborates with patient and family member in seeking additional solutions.
- Volunteers information about agencies that provide additional services and knows how to access those services.
- Uses familiar terminology or carefully defines new terms; checks that patient and family member understands.
- Takes time and does not seem rushed.
- Follows through on care and outcomes.
The site also includes a link to a detailed survey you can use to rate your doctor. The survey evaluates effective Pediatricians but can be applied to any physician.
One visitor (EL) contributed this site that rates doctors – RateMDs.com. The site provides patients the opportunity to rate and read about their doctors. Thanks EL!
How do you rate them? How should you rate them? Post your questions and thoughts.