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?
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