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Doctor Evaluation Sheet

Hints:

  • Get information to the doctor's office before the visit.
  • Be honest about the reason you are setting up an appointment.
  • Make a get-acquainted visit (complete assessment should last about one full hour).
  • Work with the appointment desk to get enough time scheduled for your introductory visit.
  • Be completely clothed when offering medical history information or discussing other sensitive issues.
  • Recent studies show women are more likely to enjoy increased communication with a female physician.
  • Consider the distance of the doctor's office to home or work.
  • Schedule a follow-up visit for questions not addressed.
  • Ask questions when you don't understand.
  • Request materials that will better help you understand your health needs or condition.
  • Determine a best schedule to have routine visits or tests for someone of your age, sex, and medical history.

    Do Your Part:

  • Educate yourself and learn more about your body in general.
  • Do research on symptoms at the library before going to the doctor.
  • Provide a complete medical and health history including, but not limited to, a list of all medications you are taking.
  • Offer occupational and behavioral factors that effect health, eating habits, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, marital status, # of children, hobbies, sexual activity and changes in daily routine.
  • Prepare a written list of questions and/or symptoms you want to discuss, listed in order of most important and highest priority.
  • Follow physician's advice on changes in your daily routine.
  • If a procedure is recommended, ask about the best and worst that could result from the recommendation.
  • Ask about possible side effects that might occur from anything suggested.
  • If medication is prescribed, take all of it in indicated dosages.

    Evaluation:

    1. Seems genuinely interested in your problem.
    2. Treats more than the illness, is concerned about the whole body.
    3. Explains what he/she is doing and why.
    4. Asks appropriate questions about your problem.
    5. Takes enough time to explain your problem in an easy to understand language and the nature of your ailment (or illness) satisfactorily.
    6. Takes enough time to explain treatment and when to expect results from medications.
    7. Offers practical solutions to your problem and discusses alternatives you might consider.
    8. Spends enough time with you, not in a hurry.
    9. Shows a genuine interest in you as a person, not a number or illness.
    10. Makes eye contact upon first greeting you.
    11. Takes time to listen to questions.
    12. Ask about the specialists your physician refers to for advice or follow-up. Check their credentials too.
    13. Ask about degrees and certification.
    14. Find out if the doctor teaches in a university, doctor shops or other similar setting.
    15. Currently participates in continuing education courses, seminars and/or workshops?
    16. Do you feel confident about the doctor's medical judgment?
    17. Do you have to wait a long time to see the doctor? (Never more than 15 minutes late)
    18. Can the doctor be reached by phone and are you provided simple advice over the phone?
    19. How does the office staff treat you?

    Plan Ahead

  • Check board certifications by calling the American Board of Medical Specialties at 1.800.776.CERT.
  • Is the doctor affiliated with a good hospital? Good doctors are associated with good hospitals. Check with the doctor's office to find out what hospital affiliations your doctor has. Verify by calling the hospital medical staff for assurance.
  • (Check status of hospitals in our area. Call the Joint commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO_1.708.916.5800).

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