How would your doctor rate?

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2009-10-03 08:28:51 -0500
Started 2009-10-01 18:19:04 -0500

I was checking out this story posted by Avera:

The story talks about a study that looked at different doctor behaviors and how much of a difference those behaviors made in their patients blood sugar control.

The study concludes that good communication skills (listening carefully to the patient and the patient's concerns, carefully explaining treatments, etc.) were not nearly as effective as goal setting and pro-active follow up.

We truly love our doctor. He is a great communicator and he does set some goals with us and our son at every appointment. But I have to admit, I was amazed to learn that some doctors will proactively follow up on their patients. In other words, some doctors actually called their patients between appointments to check on their progress toward goals. ?!?! Wow!

I can hardly imagine what it would be like for our son to get a call from his doctor like that. I also can hardly imagine a doctor with that kind of time. Our doc is stretched so thin.

Anyway, I wondered how you would rate your doctor.

Does your doctor set goals with you?
Is he/she a good communicator?
Has your doctor ever called you between appointments to follow up?

18 replies

SuzyAttendorn 2009-10-03 08:28:51 -0500 Report

I have had the same primary care Dr. since '05. I have had fibromyalgia for about 10 years and at that time was in pretty good shape. But a couple of years ago, I had a very bad flare and had to stop working. Over the past two years, she has been right there for me, sometimes having to see me weekly. I got very depressed and she managed me until I really needed more than she could give. She set me up with an awesome counselor and psychopharmacologist to manage my depression meds. The meds and my inability to have an active life caused lots of weight gain. My primary kept telling me I needed to watch my weight or I would end up diabetic. Well, now those words have come back to haunt me, and I am diabetic. She is wonderful tho. She tested me often and has been very supportive. On my last visit, when I had started losing weight, and had gotten off of one of my depression meds, she was ecstatic! She was as excited as me about it all. She is great about keeping me on track with blood tests and such. I wouldn't trade her for anything. She has written great letters for my Social Security case for disability, and I always know she is in my corner,

Judimar 2009-10-03 03:50:34 -0500 Report

I think Dr. Sierra is an awesome doctor. She listens to what I have to say and considers us a team. She doesn't call me but that's the last thing I would expect because like your doctor she's stretched pretty thin. She had to stop taking new patients she's in such demand.

jigsaw 2009-10-02 20:28:49 -0500 Report

I have an endo and a gp. My endo is very patient and listens intently. The problem is, all he does is offer prescriptions! No advice except to say we are our own failsafes. He does monitor my diabetes with blood tests! So I am looking for a new endo. My GP talks so much that I can't get a word in edgewise most of the time. I'm going to try a new GP also. He has not helped me so far. I did find a doctor that I thought was terrific, but he moved away about a year ago! So the search continues!!!

2catty 2009-10-02 21:17:09 -0500 Report

I hear ya. In my area for some reason endo's are very few and far in between. Not many of them, and what are of them do not see new patients or do not except my insurance. Mine like yours has no problems writing prescriptions. She does the blood work too. Just no communication at all. So good luck on your hunt. Maybe I'll find one too.

Richard157 2009-10-02 19:09:50 -0500 Report

My primary care doc is an internal medicine specialist. He is from Thailand and has been my doctor for 32 years. I will really miss him when he retires. He is excellent as a diagnostician of almost all my problems. I have seen two endocrinologists but he is better for my diabetes than the endos. He is very good about sending me to a specialist when needed and he believes "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of care". He takes no chances and prescribes a med or treatment for anything in my report that is beginning to look suspicious.

2catty 2009-10-02 20:03:49 -0500 Report

Now see that is the way my primary is too. But not my endo. My primary sends me to a specialist for anything I need and treats me so well and is extremely caring. He sent me to the endo that way she could do the pump tweaking with me. But I wish he would but does not handle pumps. Everybody says you have to have an endo when you are diabetic. Well my primary is better than my endo. My primary also sent me to a cardiologist thankfully though he is great.

SkipT 2009-10-02 17:12:59 -0500 Report

My doctor is fantastic. A real "10" on the doctor scale. He told me when I was first diagnosed that we were going to be a team. I was the captain and he was the crew. He let's me try different approaches and he is always interested in any new things I find. He once told me that if 10% of his other patients did as well as I have, he would be a happy doctor.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-02 18:01:26 -0500 Report

I haver a good relationship with my Dr.
He listens to all of my concerns and Checks out any concerns I may have. He keeps in touch with all the other Dr's I
swee and work together on my treatment plan. We set goals to keep better control of my BG's and weight loss. I can't complain he is a good Dr. Dan

GabbyPA 2009-10-02 15:49:37 -0500 Report

I enjoy my relationship with my doctor. We are still getting to know each other, but he knows that I come prepared with questions and we have discussed many goals together. I took my dietitian's info with me and we talked about achievable goals versus the idealistic goals. He is getting to where he feels comfortable enough with me to joke about things and we are growing together. I almost always have a question or two he is not sure on. So we research and share at our next appointment. He doesn't call me, but I have to say...for a clinic that treats 1000's of people, I am just excited he remembers me every 3-6 months.

lipsie 2009-10-02 08:25:01 -0500 Report

I personally love my MD. I used to see him years ago before moving out of town and he literally saved my life by putting me in the hospital immediately when the ER sent me home earlier that day…I ended finding out I had Congestive Heart Failure. I was quite sick. It took me about a year and half to get him back as my MD as I got back here into town for he has been full of patients. He fully explains things to me as needed, he'll spend a lot of time with ya, I really think the world of him…though he looks like a big I call him my big dork but I really love this man. But he's never called me, that has not happened. He did follow me outside yesterday thinking he messed up a prescription when he didn't…all of sudden I turned around in the freezing and there he was without a coat asking about it. lol I hope everyone can be blessed with someone like him at sometime. Hugs! Great question, of course from you! Sheila

2catty 2009-10-01 22:50:06 -0500 Report

I would rate my primary doc a 10 he is just the best. I would rate my endo a 6. I drive 7 hour round trip just to see her for something she could do over the phone. Just to be in the office for 10 minutes tops, waiting time and all. She is not the one who even got me the pump. My primary did.

Alicia039 2009-10-02 00:59:25 -0500 Report

My primary Dr. is great. She listens, and doesn't try to rush me out the door. Had that happen with my old doctor too many times. I have other health issues along with my diabetes and she has been just a great Dr.
Wouldn't trade her for anything :)

kdroberts 2009-10-01 20:50:27 -0500 Report

I like my endo, he knows what I'm like and he will sit and talk with me about stuff. He doesn't call me but his CDE sometimes does. But he is very personable and does care. When my son was born I was walking through the hospital and he was having lunch with his wife. He saw me, got up and asked me how things had gone with the birth, how my wife was doing, how the baby was doing, how I was doing, was I able to manage my blood sugar and did I need anything. Then another time my wife had surgery on a day that I had my appointment with him. I had to take her home and was going to be late to the appointment. I was on my way to get the car and bumped into him. He said that he was seeing me later and I was too eager. I said about being late and he offered to see me right then. Sometimes it's the small, non clinical things that make a doctor.

liz10255 2009-10-01 20:13:46 -0500 Report

I love my doctor he also has tyoe 1 diabetes and I have seen him now about 18 years and he is a world renown diabetic dr he is with the university of washington his name is irl hirsch and i wouldn't trade him for a million dollars.

Mil - 64008
Mil - 64008 2009-10-01 19:58:20 -0500 Report

Our Doctors only stay on our Island (The Aleutians) for a short time, they change my medication every time a new Doctor flies in. I'm about to meet a new one this month. I try to keep my own records. Do your new Doctors do the same.

hbkunkel 2009-10-01 19:32:48 -0500 Report

I have moved from one state to another in the past 15 months so I had to find a new doctor. It was very stressful but the one I have now is young and listens to my concerns but will not let me get away with talking him out of things that I prefer not to do. He is good about listening and discussing things with me. I can bounce ideas off him and he gives me advice. I am glad that I found him.

Sarguillo 2009-10-01 19:09:18 -0500 Report

I love my doctor. In fact, I was so down on doctors that I was not under a doctors care for years. He tracked me down. kept at me untill I came in and he listens to me. He talked to me, Not down at me. He allows me to be part of my care. He had now put a big part of my care in my hands but I know hes there if needed. I now contact him when its time to get an A1C, I sent him emails from time to time to let him know how im doing. It took along time to find this type of doctor. These type, are worth their weight in gold. My opionion.

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