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How to Find the Perfect Doctor

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

As patients, we understand that the hurdles in the medical industry are great. From ensuring that your safety is your provider’s number one concern, feeling heard by your doctor ,and being able to trust your medical provider, there are many characteristics that make a medical provider a good one. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when searching for one.

  1. Familial Fondness

One notable tip to find a doctor is to look within your own circle of family and friends. The concept of a family doctor has existed since the beginning of modern medicine. The feeling of knowing that your doctor not only knows you but also your father, mother, or close friend, offers a feeling of safety for many patients and can highlight and authentic concern for your well-being. If you are looking for a provider and don’t know where to start, ask your family and close friends if they have a recommendation and consider contacting their provider to see if that doctor is a good fit for you,

2. Doctor with Relevant Expertise

There are many doctors out there with extensive experience and education. However, the most important part of a doctor’s expertise is the relevance to your needs... If you have a chronic condition, you may want to choose a primary care provider that specializes in the field related to that condition or has a special interest in treating patients with that condition. Relevant expertise is important.

3. Be Honest and Transparent with any potential Doctors

A major concern that doctors have when meeting new patients is how transparent those patients will be about their health concerns. Many patients tend to downplay their symptoms which can lead to a misdiagnosis or a more obfuscated doctor’s visit. It’s important for both doctor and patient to be transparent about their concerns and the process leading to a diagnosis. This will ensure an appropriate treatment plan and help create a relationship that is mutually beneficial for both doctor and patient.

There are many qualities that make a doctor suitable for someone. By starting with these 3 tips, you can lay the foundation to find a doctor that is best for you.

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