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Dr. Stemmler's Common Sense Medicine Basic Check List

For Patients When Evaluating A New Doctor

CRITERIA

YES

NO

After you have chosen your Dr. as carefully as you choose your car,

 

 

1-  You call and hear a human voice (no fumbling with an electronic menu)

 

 

2-  The person is charming, helpful and accommodating

 

 

3-  You are able to obtain a timely and convenient appointment

 

 

4-  When you arrive, you are noticed and welcomed right away

 

 

5-  The office environment is quiet, pleasant and nurturing

 

 

6-  The office staff is attentive, competent and caring, and they smile

 

 

7-  Your waiting time is reasonable; you are notified if it is longer than expected

 

 

8-  They address you discretely, and preferably by your name and title

 

 

9-  You are asked if you wish to be weighed, without imposing on you

 

 

10- The examining room is cozy and attractive, and it has a window

 

 

11- The powder room is located inside the office, not in the hall

 

 

12- The Dr. has reviewed your information before seeing you

 

 

13- The Dr.’s demeanor is humble, compassionate, and cheerful

 

 

14- The Dr. introduces him/herself and shakes hands with you

 

 

15- The Dr. sits down, smiles and makes eye contact with you

 

 

16- The Dr. speaks in the 2nd person with you, rather than using “we” to address you

 

 

17- The Dr.’s history and exam are thorough, caring and competent

 

 

18- The Dr.’s diagnoses make sense and are clear to you

 

 

19- You are offered alternative treatment options besides orthodox ones

 

 

20- If urgent treatment is recommended, is it a life-threatening condition?

 

 

21- If a particular drug is considered for your treatment, is it safe?

 

 

22- Are you made fully aware of the treatment’s benefits and adverse effects?

 

 

23- If hospitalization and or referrals become necessary, are you given choices?

 

 

24- Can you contact patients with a similar condition treated by this Dr.?

 

 

25- Have you obtained a second opinion?  A 3rd opinion?

 

 

26- Have your test results been reported on time and without hassle?

 

 

27- Are your questions being answered without feeling rushed?

 

 

28- Have you done your own research?

 

 

29- Do you fully trust the Dr.?

 

 

30- Have you listened to your gut, your inner wisdom, your intuition?

 

 


If you answer 80% (or higher) of these questions affirmatively, you are off to a good start and you are also in charge of your own health care, a major determinant in accomplishing good outcomes

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