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.
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.
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.
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.