1. Active listening
When you leave an appointment, do you feel like you’re leaving a lecture or a conversation?
A conversation is much more productive. You want a doctor who respects your opinion, listens with attention as you describe your health challenges and symptoms, and asks follow-up questions that dig deeper.
Ultimately, your doctor needs to understand how you make decisions about your care. Some patients are really active in the joint decision-making process. They dig into online research before an appointment and come ready with talking points. Others are more likely to talk through issues, then lean on the expertise of a doctor for treatment options.
If your doctor is an active listener, he or she will know what type of patient you are — and act accordingly