Living with Chronic Pain
7 Signs That Indicate a Change of Doctors Is in Order
Source: WebMD, Harvard Health
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Changing doctors is often a challenging process, but remaining with a doctor who is not fulfilling an individual’s needs can be detrimental to overall health and well-being.
Below are some signs that a change is in order:
- Not seeing eye to eye.
Although it is okay for an individual to occasionally disagree with their doctor’s opinion or recommendations, it shouldn't be a regular occurrence. An effective partnership between an individual and their doctor includes mutual trust and respect.
- The physician does not appreciate the individual’s time.
Long waiting times to see a doctor or a doctor that rushes through appointments may be signs that a new doctor is in order. If a doctor is habitually late or is insensitive to waiting times, finding a doctor that is considerate of an individual’s time may be helpful.
- The doctor is not being clear enough.
A doctor should give clear reasons for treatment recommendations. If a doctor does not offer thorough explanations, changing doctors may be necessary to reduce confusion that could lead to health risks.
- The doctor is not being transparent enough.
If questions are not being properly addressed by a physician, there is a communication problem. In order to be helpful, a doctor should listen to concerns without interrupting.
- Feeling uncomfortable sharing personal information with a doctor.
Doctors have access to an individual’s private health information. This information should only be shared with the consent of the individual. If a doctor shares personal information without consent, a change of doctors is in order.
- The doctor is not accessible.
A good doctor is available for follow-ups and future concerns. If a doctor does not allow for follow-up questions or concerns, it may be time to find a doctor that is more accessible.
- The doctor is not respectful.
If a doctor is impolite or condescending, it may be time for a change. An inconsiderate and disrespectful doctor can affect mental health. There are plenty of doctors who will listen to concerns in a genuine and attentive manner.