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When is it time to change doctors?

Having a good relationship with your doctor is a must. Of course, you want your medical staff to have skill and knowledge, which ensures you receive quality care. There are many other factors that come into play when looking for a doctor, including personality types and listening ability. Everyday Health explains a few of the many valid reasons you might consider changing doctors.

Your communication is poor

Communication is at the heart of every doctor-patient relationship. However, some doctors fail in this respect, much to the detriment of their patients. Think about how your doctor responds when you raise any concerns or ask questions. When medical staff is dismissive or fails to address your needs in a reasonable way, there is a greater chance of errors in diagnosing. At the very least, it makes you feel as though your needs aren't being adequately met, which is reason enough to look for a new doctor.

You don't receive clear information during visits

By the same token, how does your physician convey important information? Does he or she rattle through explanations on conditions and treatment plans, or do they take the time to explain what is happening and why you're being prescribed certain medications? Do they explain things in terms you understand? This is crucial to prevent errors, which can occur when a drug is being prescribed, as well as when the prescription is being filled by your pharmacy. When you're well informed, you can play an active role in your own medical care, and your doctor should encourage that.

Your doctor frequently forgets things

Forgetfulness is not a quality you want in your doctor. Consider how easy it is for health care staff to peruse your records before your appointment. Many doctors do just that to ensure their patients receive quality care. Even if your doctor is on a tight timeline, he or she should still take the time to provide you the best care possible.

In the end you must feel comfortable with your doctor. Make sure you communicate well. If you are afraid you just are not on the same page with your doctor, get another opinion or switch to someone you have more confidence in.

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