What’s your pa­tient per­son­al­ity?

The way you in­ter­act with your doc­tors can have big im­pli­ca­tions for your com­fort, con­fi­dence, and qual­ity of care. To help physi­cians and their clients bet­ter un­der­stand each other, health ex­perts at Vitals—an on­line data­base of doc­tor and fa­cil­ity re­vie

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A typ­i­cal day off con­sists of…

A. Catch­ing up on the news, try­ing a new restau­rant, do­ing what­ever’s al­ready in your plan­ner.

B. Re­lax­ing, spend­ing time with fam­ily, avoid­ing the com­puter or so­cial me­dia.

C. Check­ing Face­book, cre­at­ing Pin­ter­est boards, meet­ing up with friends.

If you needed to find a new doc­tor, you would most likely…

A. Look at re­views on­line, then in­ter­view a se­lect few be­fore mak­ing your choice. B. Ask your cur­rent doc­tor for a rec­om­men­da­tion.

C. Tap friends and fam­ily for sug­ges­tions.

Your ideal doc­tor is some­one…

A. With years of top-notch ex­pe­ri­ence and the best aca­demic cre­den­tials.

B. Whose of­fice re­minds you about your ap­point­ments, be­cause oth­er­wise you’d for­get.

C. With a great bed­side man­ner, who re­ally cares about what you think.

You visit doc­tors and health care pro­fes­sion­als…

A. Reg­u­larly, and you call them quite of­ten too. No med­i­cal is­sue is too small to ad­dress.

B. Doc­tors? You re­ally only have one, and you can’t re­call the last time you went.

C. Once in a while. You’re more apt to get health ad­vice on­line or from friends.

You see your doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship as…

A. Em­ployee-em­ployer. You’re the boss; your doc­tor works for you. B. Em­ployer-em­ployee. Your doc­tor tells you what to do, and you do it.

C. You’re equal part­ners. You work to­gether on ev­ery­thing from di­ag­no­sis to treat­ment.

You usu­ally show up to the doc­tor’s of­fice…

A. With a binder full of con­cerns to dis­cuss, even if it means the ap­point­ment runs long.

B. Un­pre­pared. Some­times you have ques­tions to ask, but you usu­ally for­get about them.

C. With a friend or fam­ily mem­ber in tow.

Friends and fam­ily de­scribe you as…

A. Stu­dious, thor­ough, or­ga­nized, and struc­tured.

B. Care­free, non-alarmist, and happy with the sta­tus quo.

C. So­cial, em­pa­thetic, a good lis­tener, and trust­ing.

If you’re headed out to din­ner or the movies, you…

A. Base your de­ci­sion on re­views from restau­rant and film crit­ics.

B. Head to your fa­vorite lo­cal din­ing spot (again), then see what­ever movie hap­pens to be play­ing.

C. Con­duct a Face­book poll to get new sug­ges­tions from friends.

If you chose mostly A’s, you’re an


You’re a strong ad­vo­cate for your­self and your fam­ily, so find­ing the right doc­tor is a full-out search. You value cre­den­tials over charisma or emo­tional con­nec­tions, and your health care visits are all busi­ness—high pri­or­ity and im­pec­ca­bly pre­pared for.

DOC­TOR’S OR­DERS “If you’re not a very touchy-feely per­son, this can be a fine re­la­tion­ship,” says Todd Rosen­gart, M.D., chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Vitals and chair of the depart­ment of surgery at Bay­lor Col­lege of Medicine. But don’t dis­count bed­side man­ner en­tirely; your rap­port with your doc­tor should feel com­fort­able and re­spect­ful—not like a cross-ex­am­i­na­tion. Be aware that at times, you may be too smart for your own good: “Übers of­ten self-di­ag­nose their prob­lems or think they know bet­ter than their doc­tors.” Do­ing your own re­search and seek­ing other opin­ions is en­cour­aged, he adds, but be sure you let your physi­cians do their job as well.


Amount of physi­cians who use med­i­cal con­sult­ing apps like Epocrates.

SOURCE: SpinaBi­fi­daInfo.com sur­vey

(Af­ter all those back­ground checks you did, you know they’re good!)

If you chose mostly B’s, you’re an


You’re con­tent to let your doc­tors’ ex­per­tise shine, and you rarely have con­cerns or com­plaints about your care. It’s not that you’re in­dif­fer­ent, but you’re just busy with other things, like your kids, your job, and liv­ing your life.

DOC­TOR’S OR­DERS “If you’re in good hands, this type of re­la­tion­ship isn’t usu­ally a prob­lem,” says Rosen­gart. “Un­for­tu­nately, doc­tors aren’t al­ways per­fect, and we want pa­tients who are go­ing to look out for them­selves and ask smart ques­tions. So, in this day and age of rushed med­i­cal care, it’s more im­por­tant than ever to ad­vo­cate for your own health.” Don’t feel you’re over­step­ping your bounds by speak­ing up at your visit, dis­cussing a di­ag­no­sis with friends, or bring­ing a list of ques­tions to your ap­point­ment; chances are your doc will ap­pre­ci­ate your in­ter­est. If he doesn’t, it’s time to find a new one.

If you chose mostly C’s, you’re a


You’re a so­cial crea­ture who likes to take things un­der re­view with your friend­sand-fam­ily net­work, and your doc­tors are part of that cir­cle. You’d rather col­lab­o­rate with them about your health care rather than have them tell you what to do.

DOC­TOR’S OR­DERS “You’re likely to choose doc­tors who are cour­te­ous and car­ing and loved by ev­ery­one, but their pro­fes­sional skills and pa­tient out­comes may not be as good as other physi­cians a few doors down,” says Rosen­gart. “It’s im­por­tant that you feel com­fort­able with them, of course, but you should also read on­line re­views, study their back­grounds, and look at the whole pic­ture be­fore mak­ing decisions about your health.”

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