How to Decide If a Doctor Is Right for You
I often come across social media posts in which people are bashing doctors and saying that as patients, they aren’t being treated the way they should be.
Now, I understand that there are doctors who strictly care about money and look at each case the same way. For this reason, it’s important for us as patients to do our due diligence when searching for the person we want as a care provider.
In my experience, there are several factors to consider when deciding if a doctor is right for you.
You know yourself better than anyone
When I make this statement, I mean that you understand your likes, dislikes, and what you are willing to tolerate. Some of us need someone who is direct and can provide us with the best treatment possible, even if that means doing things that are outside the box.
The neurosurgeon who completed my transsphenoidal surgery and gamma knife procedure was a straight shooter, which I appreciated. I like compassion, but don’t be afraid to give me bad news.
Others may prefer a softer, more caring tone. The important thing is to know yourself.
Do your research
When something is going on with our health, sometimes our priority is scheduling an appointment for the first opening. In fact, we should do the opposite. The internet is readily available to most of us these days. When considering a possible provider, check out their reviews, bio, and specialty.
For those dealing with a pituitary adenoma or Cushing’s disease, make sure the condition is listed as an area the doctor specializes in. Call their office and speak to the receptionist to confirm that they specialize in this area. Lastly, see if there are any patients who can verify the quality of their care. There are many online support groups whose members can often provide this information.
This may sound excessive, but remember that we are talking about your health. Choosing the right provider is important, not only for your short-term care, but also your long-term health. Continuity of care is sometimes overlooked, but it is essential for those dealing with Cushing’s. Being able to remain with the same provider builds trust and confidence. Make sure your provider checks off all the requirements on your list and utilizes all of the resources available to them.
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