- Question from Sami: The only thing that keeps me going back to my current doctor is that I love and trust his nursing staff. They are so kind and considerate. Am I making a mistake staying with him?
- Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. I love that question! It's SO important to consider your entire health care team, and not just your doctor. Everybody, from the person who greets you when you walk in the door, to the nurse, to the technician, to the person who draws your blood, is part of your team. Sometimes doctors who have poor interpersonal skills have the best nurses. The nurses know that they are helping the patients. They wouldn't work with that doctor if they didn't think he knew what he was doing medically, but they know that they're adding something to the care of that patient that is very important. Your nurses are indispensable to your care, and I don't think you are making a mistake by staying with this doctor.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. If you're having trouble communicating with your doctor, and you have a great relationship with the nurses, by all means ask your nurses how best to approach the doctor about what's on your mind.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called The Doctor-Patient Relationship featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to find the right doctor for you, and how to create and maintain a good, open relationship with your doctor so you can be sure to get all the care and information you need.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2003.
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