While you cannot control your doctor’s actions, you can help prevent the possibility of medical malpractice concerns.
Asking your doctor tough questions can help you better understand your condition and make well-informed decisions about your treatment. Here are some tips on how to ask doctors those challenging questions.
1. Do some research
Take some time to research the doctor you see. Look for red flags from reviews or reporting agencies. Knowing other patient’s experiences with the doctor can give you valuable insight into how they may treat you.
Look at their medical credentials and see if their experience and education qualify them to address your case. On average, only three out of 10 patients know how to find out if a doctor has a report of misconduct, so make sure you ask for assistance from friends or family if you can’t find the information.
2. Be direct and clear
When you are meeting with the doctor, be direct and clear in your communication. Ask questions in a straightforward manner to ensure there is no room for misunderstanding. Your doctor needs to listen and hear your concerns and symptoms if they are to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Provide specific examples of your symptoms or concerns. This can help the doctor get a clearer picture of what you experience.
3. Ask about the reasoning behind treatment or alternatives
When a doctor suggests a particular treatment or test, ask about the reasoning behind it. Understanding the “why” can help you feel more confident about following the recommended course of action. You should also inquire about alternative treatment options. Your doctor should display a willingness to explore different avenues to find the right solution.
4. Clarify risks and benefits
Every treatment has potential risks and benefits. Ask your doctor about these to weigh the pros and cons. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions aligned with your priorities. You also need to know the doctor’s plan for addressing the risks or minimizing them.
When it comes to your health, it is essential to remain informed and proactive. Prior disciplinary action or malpractice claims against a physician are a red flag about your medical care.