It is 1 am and I thought this sounded like a good thread. I hope that if I get to sleep and wake before going to work I can re-read this and still hope it sounds like a good idea. I notice comments in Posts and I have faced this myself. Do we, and if so, how much do we trust our doctors. You read the medical license that is sometimes posted on the walls in the exam rooms but it does not say, graduated 151 out of 152. At least he wasn't at the bottom right. There are places where you can check out doctors but I am not sure how reliable those sites are. We can get recommendations from other, read advertisements or like in my case, he is the only one for over 800 miles that would agree to see me. My questions are simple.
What criteria do you use to gauge how much you trust him or her? Do you simply trust him or her just because they have a degree and an office? What steps do you take to check out a doctor before going to see him. On my surgeon last year, I told him I checked him out (even though he was the only surgeon who would agree to see me). He asked me what I found out about him. I told him his wife's name, son and daughters names and what college they are attending, his political affiliation, awards received and some major medical interest causes he had been attached to as a donor. I knew when and where he went to med school and where he did his internship. He was impressed and maybe a little worried. I am not advocating all this was necessary, but what steps do you take before trusting a doctor to help you with major life issues?
Very good topic indeed. Its a tough one to asnwer like you say. We can check them out to see if there are complaints filed. I have alot of friends in this town that I can make calls to and find out the dirt on alot of drs. They are still in the hub of things so its fairly easy for me to have one checked out. Also friends can help out here too.
ER as Tony says is a decent source sometimes. I have found my PCPs nurse to be a great wealth of information on good drs as well. I found my gastro who I think is worth his weight in gold thru a nurse that was our client. I have been with him almost 7 years now. If I go into an appt blind, I just check things out while there, attitude of the office staff, listened to patients in the waiting area. Once I meet the dr I go by my gut feeling and kind of take it from there. I will sit and listen and then after I am home I sort of think things thur. Do I whole heartedly trust every dr I see, absolutely not. They are human too and can make mistakes.
Can't read entire postings on this page but alot of times Dr's have had malpractice strikes against them that don't tell
the true story! My judgements and choices of Dr.s are based on how his/her office hums, you can usually tell by the office staff, if they
care usually the Dr does too. If he listens, is open to hearing your questions and admitting he doesn't know something
but is willing to check into it for you and makes you feel cared for or hopeful when there isn't anything else to do,
asks how the pain level is, really
wants to hear HOW you ARE DOING, REMEBERS your last visit (even if he has to read his notes),
Offers you new treatments if he thinks it might help and makes you
feel like you are his ONLY patient...well in my book thats the Dr. for me!!