A person living with a chronic illness such as arthritis must have a good relationship with their doctor. It's imperative because their doctor will be a significant person in their life for many years.
How Would You Rate Your Doctor?
An article came across my desk awhile back which provoked me to think about how patients feel about their doctors. How do they rate? It's really a big question. Think about it.
Choosing a doctor is one of the most critical decisions we make. Our lives may even depend on it. People often choose a doctor initially through several means such as:
- physician listings
- personal recommendation
- professional referral
There are many factors you should consider when choosing a doctor.
Two Common Scenarios
People typically go to the doctor when they are most vulnerable, feeling sick and weak. The patient goes to the doctor with a medical problem, turns that problem over to the doctor, and has an expectation that the doctor will help solve it. Or, the patient visits the doctor, not with an immediate problem, but with the expectation that the doctor can help maintain their good health, by utilizing routine screenings and wellness programs. Either way, as time goes on, a patient-physician relationship is built.
Is Your Doctor Meeting Your Needs?
Since the working relationship between a doctor and patient is so important, it is imperative that patients feel that their needs are being met.
- Are most patients happy with their doctors?
- Are they satisfied with their treatment plan?
- Does their doctor leave them feeling that their health care is under control?
- Does their doctor encourage questions?
- Do most feel their doctor understands them?
- Do most feel they understand the directives and decisions made their doctor?
- Do most feel confident in the ability of their doctor?
- Have they built the trust in their patient-physician relationship that seems so imperative?
Or, are they sticking with a particular doctor because they have considered no alternative, sought no other medical opinion, and feel somehow stuck in a proverbial rut?
Building a Doctor-Patient Relationship
Consider this true story as you think of your own situation:
I know two patients who were in the same room in a medical facility. Both patients had long stays in the facility, and coincidentally, they had the same physician.
- One of the patients loved the doctor, and looked forward each day for the doctor to come into their room so questions could be asked and answered, and the next step towards wellness could be decided.
- The other patient loathed the doctor walking into the room.
What was the difference? Two patients. Same setting. Same doctor. One was very satisfied. The other was equally dissatisfied. One might conclude that it is not just the doctor, nor just the patient that defines a patient-physician relationship. It is the relationship that is built between the doctor and the patient.
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