When you are ill, and especially if you have a chronic disease, choosing a doctor who is right for you can make a big difference in your recovery!

Choosing a doctor can make a big difference in the quality of life for millions of people who have chronic diseases. There is a big difference between choosing a good doctor and casually choosing any doctor acting only on a whim.

Choosing a doctor that is the right one for you means you took the time to make a good decision. Blindly choosing any doctor means you took the easy way out, looking at a list and deciding without much effort, "I'll take this one." That's not a good way to make a choice.

Here are some tips on choosing the right doctor.

Some things to consider when choosing a good doctor if you have a serious illness.

"During the exam, did nurses pop in and out? Did the doctor have to leave the room during your exam? Did the doctor seem caring and compassionate, and sympathetic to your condition? Did the doctor rush through the exam? Did he seem relaxed? Did you feel as though you were the only patient he had to see that day?"

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An important ingredient to help your doctor help you.

"Make and bring a list of symptoms if you're not feeling well. You might want to research your condition at the library or on the Internet if you're visiting your doctor for a specific problem or illness. Learning some related medical terms (see online course below) and common treatments will make it easier to follow what the doctor is telling you."

The importance of communicating with your doctor.

I read recently about a doctor who said that nothing is more important than communication between doctors and patients. He said that when he met patients who were dissatisfied with their doctor it was because the patient felt they could not communicate well with their doctor. In some cases the doctors showed a lack of caring for the patient or in some cases it was obvious the doctor would talk down to the patient. So noticing how the communication flows when talking to your doctor is important when choosing a good doctor.

If you see a lack of caring or if you see you're being talked down to, find another doctor.

A very important question to ask when choosing a good doctor:

"Ask which hospitals and specialists the doctor typically uses, especially if you have a specific medical condition.

For instance some hospitals are better know for patients with heart problems."

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More sources for choosing a good doctor.

"Call the doctor's own medical office for information on his/her training and experience. Many offices will provide detailed brochures or biographies on request. Or look up prospective doctors in the Directory of Medical Specialists, available at your local library. This reference includes professional and biographic information on more then 400,000 doctors."

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