Many people, women in particular, often feel like their doctor rushes in and rushes out without really listening to their concerns about their health.
Doctors are often short on time and have to get through a certain number of patients in a day, making them feel pressured to move on.
In spite of this, it’s essential that a doctor actually listens to and acknowledges their patient’s questions and concerns to make sure they’re providing the best care possible. Building trust is the most important part of a patient/doctor relationship.
Finding a truly compassionate doctor who’s the right fit for your health needs can take time and patience, but it’s worth the effort for medical care you trust.
Follow these tips in your search for a compassionate women’s healthcare provider:
1. Ask for recommendations from trusted friends or look at reviews online.
Good friends are a great resource for suggestions. If they like their doctor, chances are you will too.
There are also various websites that review doctors and/or allow patients to review them. Do a quick Google search to see which doctors get the best online reviews in your area. You can also check a practice’s website for patient testimonials.
2. Write down your concerns and record symptoms as they happen.
Sometimes it can be hard to remember every question or issue you want to bring up when you finally do get time to ask, so writing them down beforehand can help.
Also, keeping a health journal or record of symptoms that are concerning you can give the doctor a better idea of what’s going on and how serious it may be.
3. Don’t hesitate to speak up and voice your concerns.
According to this article by the Huffington Post, women tend to be stereotyped as “overly dramatic,” but don’t let that stop you from speaking up.
You are the only true advocate for your health, so it’s important that your voice is heard and your concerns aren’t brushed aside.
4. If you’re still not being heard, find another doctor.
You always have the option of finding another doctor.
If you feel like you’re receiving sub-par care or your concerns are being ignored, don’t be afraid to go elsewhere.