Ever feel like you are explaining something to your doctor that you feel is very important and they are not even fazed by your life threatening symptoms? Well, it may not be your imagination, they may truly be burnt out or suffering from exhaustion and depression. According to a new study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, half, that is right HALF of United States physicians experience symptoms of burnout! The four questions listed below can help you see whether your Medical Doctor should stay or go!
1. Does he or she pay attention? Body language can inform you if he or she is all there; looking up, nodding, and maintaining eye contact should all be done. No matter if the appointment is 7 minuets or 30 minuets, you should not feel rushed or feel your concerns do not matter. There is nothing better than going in for an appointment and the doctor asking how school is going or how your new job is working out.
2. Is he or she a team player? A good doctor makes a specific recommendation, presents options, and explains why that specific procedure or medication and best for you.
3. Does he or she communicate well? If your physician is asking whether you have had a certain procedure or treatment done, it is obvious he or she has not reviewed your file. If you are being treated for cancer or heart problems, your doctor should make it clear they have consulted with the oncologist or cardiologist.
4. Is he or she up to date? While you should not sideline a doctor for being slow on the latest technology, it is a good thing you are asked what program you are using so he can research it. Your physician should be open and willing to work with what you share and also share his educated opinion.
If these signs sound all to familiar please contact the Steinlage Insurance Agency, we would love to help recommend a doctor you will be happy with!