View Full Version : How do you know if a doctor's good?
05-20-2006, 12:29 PM
As the question above.
Er... kinda unrelated actually, since my gf and I talked about moving abroad to stay maybe in 2 years time... if that eventuality comes to pass, I want to know how to know if a doctor is good.
Especially doctors who cater for SLE...
p/s: in my country there are only 18 rheumatologist who specializes in SLE to cater for a 24 million population (of course not everyone has lupus).
Don't laugh. Not funny at all. 18 is a seriously appaling number if you ask me
05-20-2006, 01:42 PM
It's kind of a trial and error thing... The biggest thing is that they actually listen to her... But, one of the biggest things that I always forget... They are human too, and can make mistakes... Hopefully not serious mistakes, hopefully just ones like NOT listening the way they should every once in a while, so you get mad and get over it and it's typically better next time.... It's hard to REALLY know until you've been to the doctor and talked to them at least a couple of times...
05-20-2006, 04:03 PM
One thing I would consider is to go to a doctor affiliated with a major medical center, if that is convenient enough to where you live.
My town and surrounding area of 100,000 has two rheumatologists. One of them reviewed my records and said it was too complicated for him and I should go to the medical center about 90 minutes away. This is a nusiance, but I feel it's worth it to be seeing someone who has greater specialized training.
Someone who listens to everything you say, someone who answers any questions you have, someone who explains every medication the prescribe and why you are taking it... Someone who is willing to say, "I don't know" if they really don't.... Those are things I would look for.
I am glad someone posted this question. I am still very new into this whole lupus thing. I was wondering about a dr. myself. I am lucky, though, because we have the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical center...and they do lupus research. So, I may end up being some kind of guinea pig if I'm not careful. I am hoping I will get lucky and find excellent treatment.
05-22-2006, 02:07 PM
To me listening is the most important thing. I want my doc to give me time, to not dismiss my questions, and to listen to me. It is because my primary care doc listened that I was diagnosed early and didn't have the struggle so many here had. I look for that in my rheumy as well -
Good luck, as said above, you may not know until you've been to that doc a couple times, until you get to know him or her better. Don't be afraid to change from one to another - it is YOUR life, YOUR body.
I was diagnosed in UK by Dr Graham Hughes-UK Leading Lupus specialist. He encourages you to understand your illness. I have learnt that a knowledgeable Dr is NOT threatened by patient knowledge--they are the ones to stick with. If they are not happy with you being in control of your condition and object to your understanding Lupus then they usually lack the knowledge themselves.