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Expect The Best From Your Doctor

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Expect that your doctor will want to do a good job, to try to stay on top of things, and never make a mistake. At the same time, as wise as your doctor may be, all doctors are human. From time to time they will mix up facts and memories, be rushed, distracted, impatient, and make mistakes. It's all those reasons combined which makes it important for you to question things before you make a decision.


  • Expect that the doctor will tell you everything that relates to your care, in language you can understand, so you can make informed decisions.
  • Expect that you will be involved in decision making to the extent you want to be.
  • If you are using or want to use a complementary therapy, expect that the doctor will know, or at least learn, enough about it to let you know if it could be damaging to you or if it could interfere with your overall treatment plan.
  • Assume that your intuition is right. If your relationship with your doctor feels uncomfortable - consider changing doctors. This is not something to do lightly, but can be done if necessary.

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