The relationship between patients and doctors is a complicated one. It doesn’t only involve a good physician but also other factors that include comfort and also access. No matter how good a healthcare service is, a relationship won’t last if it doesn’t have all of these contributing factors. Even in an advanced system like telehealth, there are other contributing factors that can determine not only a successful relationship but also a lasting one.
The Doctor’s Attitude
Some doctors are talkative – they like to talk and provide explanations. They like discussions. They want to make sure that their patients really understand what’s going on with them. However, there are also doctors who are super quiet. They won’t talk or explain things unless their patients ask for one. Even if they have to answer questions, they do it as short or brief as possible. They avoid questions.
Which one do you like better? Which one do you prefer? Some quiet patients may like quiet doctors while other patients may like the talkative ones. It depends on the patients’ preference over the doctor’s attitude and also the personal style in delivering the service.
The Patients’ Styles
Some patients don’t really care about their conditions. As long as they get the treatment and the right medicine that can make them better, they don’t really want to know about their own health. Some patients, on the other hand, are very concerned about their health. They want to know how a condition can happen to them and the preventive things they can do. They like to have discussions with their doctors. They like to dig deeper into the problem.
Just like the doctors, patients have their own styles and attitudes. Some like it when they can have a thorough discussion. It isn’t just about the medicine but they are also finding the solutions to the problem. They believe that if they know the contributing factors, they can avoid it. If they know the solutions, they can work it out more efficiently.
Some doctors may choose the easy and fast lane, meaning that they choose medicine with higher dosage to eliminate the issue right away. The solution is probably fast but it isn’t always the best answer. In most cases, careful observation and examination may be the best answer. Sometimes it takes ‘trial and error’ period to really know whether a patient will respond positively to treatment. Some patients may like the fast lane type, but there are others who choose the slower but more careful one.
What good does it make to choose a very good doctor but with difficult access? Let’s say that you choose a pediatrician who is known for his potent medicine. But he’s always not on the schedule. He’s not easily reached – you can’t call or text him. He isn’t willing to share his schedule with you, so what’s the point?
Trust is a big issue. If you don’t trust a doctor then how can you be sure that you are in the right hand? Some patients have a trust issue with their doctors which can affect the treatment and the process. Basically, if you don’t trust your doctor, then find others that you can trust.
These 5 factors may seem unimportant but they are super crucial in the treatment. If each of these factors is absent from your relationship with your doctor, then how can you expect yourself to get better?