The following passage from J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.’s book, Understanding Depression, was helpful to me in knowing what to look for in a doctor, and when to go for a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and sixth, and seventh) opinion.
My comments on his advice are in parantheses.
The best patient care requires three components:
- A well-trained, dependable clinician who knows what to do and is accessible to the patient;
- A well-informed patient who actively participates in his or her care plan and follows it; and
- A trusting alliance between doctor, patient, and family.
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