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
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.
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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.”