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When you choose a doctor, you literally are picking the person to whom you will entrust your life and your health and in many cases the wellbeing of your family . Needless to say, you’ll want to ask that person some questions about their education, and experience before making your decision. In addition to interviewing the doctor, which is a good start, it’s also important to ask yourself some questions before choosing your care provider. The doctor’s medical expertise is one thing, but how they make you feel is also an extremely important factor, since you’ll likely discuss very personal information with them at some point you will need to feel comfortable enough to do so.

    1. Did you feel he or she knew what they were talking about? Credentials on a piece of paper are often indicative of expertise, but they can’t be completely trusted. Listen to how they speak and answer your questions regarding health concerns. If you feel that they may not be experienced in the area or can’t answer the questions satisfactorily, it may be a sign to move on.
    2. Did the doctor use language that was understandable to you, and if not, were they willing to elaborate and explain what certain terms mean? We see doctors specifically because they know things about human health that the average person doesn’t. They may have their own language full of medical terms, but a good doctor will be able to translate that into understandable speech so that you can get a grasp on exactly what’s going on with your health and in turn make informed decisions regarding treatment.
    3. Did you feel that you were given enough time? Many doctors’ offices are extremely rushed, and they often feel the pressure to get to the next patient. Your doctor should be totally present in your meeting and give you his or her full attention, not rushing you through questions or glancing at the clock. If he or she can’t take the time to answer a few questions, then they may not be taking the time to thoroughly review your medical charts and condition.

In addition to asking these questions of yourself and interviewing the doctor, it’s also important to do your due diligence with regard to external research. First and foremost, you’ll want to check for disciplinary actions taken by a state board of medical examiners.

In the end, your decision will probably be based on a mixture of the doctor’s qualifications, third-party insight, and gut instinct. Regardless of who or how you choose, though, doing your due diligence with respect to research can help you ensure that you’re getting the best quality of care possible and that you’re on the path to a happy, healthy life.

About the Author: Dr. Charles H. Bowers, Jr., M.D., FACOG, FACS is medical expert with over thirty years of experience, ranging from clinical practice to medical education. He currently works with Ross Feller Casey, LLP‘s Medical Forensic Evaluations Department. 

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