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Communicating with Your Doctor

When choosing a doctor, most people consider his or her qualifications, location, recommendations from friends and family, and insurance plans. However, many people who focus on these factors still suffer from less-than-ideal care from their doctor. The quality of care can sometimes depend on the ability of the patient and the doctor to foster open and honest communication with each other.

You should feel completely comfortable talking to your doctor about your medical problems, lifestyle, personal habits, and any other aspect of your life that affects your personal health. If not, you may be keeping important information from your doctor that he or she needs to know to understand or diagnose your condition.

Steps to Ensure a Good Doctor-Patient Relationship

At the same time, your doctor should possess good communication skills and should know which questions to ask and when more information is needed. To help ensure a good relationship with their doctor, some patients take one extra step and identify their doctor based on more than just qualifications.

  • Gender: Some patients feel more comfortable talking about medical issues with someone of the same gender for personal, religious, or cultural reasons. In addition, some people find it easier to talk to a doctor of the same sex for gender-specific issues.
  • Language: If English is not a patient’s first language, he or she may have difficulty fully communicating a medical problem, or may not understand the doctor’s instructions or diagnosis. For this reason, some non-native English speakers choose a doctor who speaks their native language to ensure that they are fully understood and fully understand the doctor.
  • Cultural Background: Some people find it easier to talk to a doctor from their own cultural background. One key to good communication is that both parties feel comfortable in the conversation, and some people feel more at ease talking with someone who shares a part of their own culture.

A doctor’s gender, language, or cultural background in no way determines their knowledge or abilities. However, these factors can affect the ability of the doctor and the patient to properly communicate with each other. The better the two communicate, the better care the patient is likely to receive.

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A lack of proper communication can result in an improper diagnosis or even negligence by a medical professional. If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury or condition as a result of a lack of care or a misdiagnosis from a healthcare provider, contact the Appleton personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.