Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Doctors, patients, trust and respect

Conversation between doctor and patient/consumer.
We all know the importance of a good doctor-patient relationship . If the chemistry between the doctor and the patient is right , the chances of a good outcome improve dramatically ! On the other hand, if you are not on the same page, this can cause a lot of angst and unhappiness both for the patient and for the doctor .

There are two key ingredients for making sure that you can create a healthy doctor-patient relationship. The first is trust. You need to be able to trust your Doctor. You cannot afford to give away your trust just because he happens to be a medical professional ; or has a long string of degrees behind his name; or because he has a fantastic reputation; or because he works in a five-star hospital.. He needs to earn your trust - and the only way he can do so is if you verify that what he's telling you is correct . A good doctor understands the importance of trust , and will work hard in making sure you can trust him ! Trust is a two-way relationship , and just like the doctor needs to work hard to earn your trust, you need to be careful about whom you are willing to entrust your life with !

The other important ingredient is respect . It is understood that the patient needs to respect the doctor , but it’s even more important that you find a doctor who respects you ! A good doctor is one who is a professional and who respects all his patients - but again there's a lot you as a patient can do in order to earn your doctor’s respect !

Show him you have done your homework and are well informed
Be well organized.
Ask intelligent questions – carrying written lists will help you ensure that you don’t forget any !

Good doctors enjoy working with patients  - and they take pride in treating intelligent patients !

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