Archive for June 19th, 2009

Finding the Right Doctor

One of the most important aspects of vestibular rehabilitation is having a doctor/healthcare provider that you trust. Vestibular disorders are incredibly difficult to deal with as it is, having a professional you can go to when your symptoms increase or you are having a rough day is important.

Here are 3 tips on what you should look for in choosing a doctor.

Communication

It is clear that if you and your doctor are going to problem-solve and work towards achieving quality of life for you within the framework of your…illness, you must be able to communicate with each other.

  • There must be an ease and comfort when you talk.
  • The doctor must be willing to listen to your concerns, be open to all of your questions and be candid, yet caring with his/her responses.
  • The rapport you have established must be completely based on trust.

 You must trust you will be heard, trust that his/her decisions are sound, and trust your options will be fully explained to you.

Convenience

A longer-than-acceptable wait is understandable when it occurs rarely, but if it is the norm or if the entire office operation seems chaotic, that is not the convenient situation which a patient needs.

  • Is the time you spend in the waiting room within what you consider reasonable limits?
  • How long it takes to get an appointment
  • Can you easily get a phone message to your doctor and does your doctor respond in a timely fashion?
  • Confidence

    There is no other way to say it – your doctor must exude confidence and be conversant, having knowledge and experience. 

    • Your doctor must leave you feeling that your health matters are under control.
    • You must have confidence in what your doctor says today and in what your doctor expects will happen tomorrow.

    The confidence you have in your doctor is directly proportional to how compliant you will be with your treatment plan.

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