Finding the perfect doctor for you has to do with more than simply the quality of a person’s education. Doctors blur the line between professional and intimate acquaintances. Accordingly, the “right” doctor should have both qualities that you expect from a professional in the field and qualities that are important in any intimate relationship. Keeping the following 5 “C”s in mind will help you narrow your search for the perfect doctor.
Credentials – It is, of course, essential that your doctor is professionally certified. Specifically, you should ascertain that they have a medical school and undergraduate degree, a board certification, and/or a fellowship, verifying that they have passed the examinations that are required in their profession and are in good standing with their peers.
Convenience of Location – Ideally, your doctor should be as close to where you live or work as possible in case of medical emergencies. In addition, if you are physically impaired either temporarily or permanently, it is important to choose a doctor whose business premises are handicap-friendly.
Care Level – Some doctors work in high-traffic environments and see enough patients in a given day that care for the individual patient decreases. These doctors become more likely to apply generalized advice and treatments to your problems rather than asking appropriate questions and listening attentively to your answers. Your best treatment options will be provided by doctors that obviously care about your specific, personal condition.
Cooperation – It is important that your doctor listen to your feedback, preferences and desires and abide by them unless doing so would physically endanger you. If your doctor forgets or disregards your feedback during examinations or treatment, they are not showing the willingness to cooperate that is necessary for a healthy doctor-patient relationship.
Chemistry – It sounds like an intimate thing to expect from a person you only know in a professional capacity, but a doctor with whom you have “chemistry,” or who has a personality compatible to yours, is actually important for your health. If you don’t like your doctor or don’t feel comfortable in their presence, you will be less likely to speak to them openly, and therefore less likely to receive the treatment you need.
When choosing a person to be your doctor, you will be much more likely to receive the quality of treatment you desire if you remember that your doctor’s character and his or her professional qualifications are of equal importance.
Choosing Your Perfect Doctor Should Take Time
Your body is the most personal, intimate and valuable of your possessions. Entrusting it to a stranger’s care seems like a risky thing to do, and yet people do it every day. Finding a stranger you can trust involves special consideration, and only you will really know when you have found a doctor who is truly suited to your own personal needs. Remembering the five C’s can keep you from simply tolerating someone who won’t give you the best treatment possible, and help you to avoid putting your body at risk. Remember, it’s not just about treatment. It’s also about making sure that any doctor you choose is one that you feel comfortable with, so that you’re willing to see them any time you may need help.
About Ryan Rivera (Author):
Ryan Rivera is used to experience a considerable amount of anxiety whenever he saw his doctor, and so he quickly learned how important it was to make sure there is chemistry with whomever you choose. He writes about overcoming anxiety and other mental health issues at calmclinic.com.