There are few things as frustrating as going to the doctor and feeling like they are not listening to you at all. Not only do you feel like they’re not taking your very real concerns seriously, but you start to worry about medical mistakes or a delayed diagnosis, which could have been avoided if the doctor had simply listened.
So, what should you do about it? There are some steps you can take to get your doctor to listen and give you proper treatment, such as:
- Write down notes about your condition or the questions you’d like to ask. This way, if you feel like the doctor is just rushing through the conversation, you can slow things down — and make sure you don’t forget anything — by referring to your notes.
- Focus on your own questions. Often, doctors ask questions and note the answers, but you can certainly ask questions of your own. This forces the doctor to think about the issue from your perspective, which can be helpful.
- Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. You don’t have to be disrespectful, but this is serious. If you feel like the doctor isn’t listening, let them know. If you bring it up, there is a good chance they will apologize and focus in more on the conversation. Remember, most doctors don’t fail to listen because they don’t care. They’re just busy, and they may not even realize they’re doing it.
These tips can help, but you may still get sub-standard care or have to deal with medical mistakes. Be sure you know what options you have. It’s not easy to pursue a medical malpractice claim on your own, so consider seeking experienced assistance.