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Tips To Find a Good-Enough Doctor


Inspired from all the comments she received from my interview with her on chronic illness, Dr. Elvira Aletta compiled some suggestions for finding a good-enough doctor.

In her previous Psych Central post called Tips to Find a Good-Enough Doctor, she throws out three basic qualities she looks for in a doctor:

  • Expertise, knowledge, intellectual curiosity and all the right credentials.
  • Warm, receptive, a good listener and communicator. The bedside manner thing.
  • A well-run office, with smart, efficient support & medical staff.

Then she follows up with a few more points to keep in mind while shopping for a doctor…

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Tips To Find a Good-Enough Doctor

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  1. Hi, Therese,

    Thank you so much for the mention.

    When this article first appeared there were several comments from people who objected to the idea that they could “shop around” for a good doctor as if they had a choice. People who live in small communities that are short of doctors and hospital beds do not have the luxury of firing one doctor and finding another. Still as consumers we can still provide feedback and hope that our doctor will listen and make changes if appropriate.

    In addition, medical professionals called physician extenders, like nurse practitioners and physician assistants, can be good alternatives in many, but not all, situations.

  2. I think it depends upon the type of doctor. I couldn’t care less about the bedside manner of a surgeon, the priority would be that they’re good at what they do. With a shrink, though, bedside manner would be critical.

 

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