What should you do if your doctor doesn’t listen?
A doctor / patient relationship is necessarily based on trust. If you don’t feel like your doctor is listening to you, or if you feel ignored, this can easily deteriorate your trust in your doctor. A good first step in this situation is usually to try and talk to your doctor about the issue to see if it can be resolved amicably. Sometimes just focusing on improving communication can solve the problem of a person feeling ignored in a relationship. If this does not help, consider changing doctors if you can. It is very difficult to receive good medical care for very long even from a very good physician if you are not able to communicate well and trust your doctor. Perhaps more importantly, if your doctor truly isn’t listening to you, he or she may be missing the information that holds the key to improving your health. Many medical experts teach that the information provided to a doctor by a patient makes up 80 to 90% of the information needed to arrive at a correct diagnosis, so it is very important that this information be received and taken into account.
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