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Finding the right doctor does not have to be a confusing, overwhelming, or nerve-wracking experience. Before you blindly book a doctor’s appointment or give up in frustration, consider these expert guidelines from family physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle, psychiatrist Dr. Ranna Parekh, dentist Dr. Ruchi Sahota, and ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan L. Prenner.
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Visit on a Regular Basis
As with any partnership, a doctor-patient relationship takes time to develop. When you visit regularly, whether it is every year or more frequently, you will be able to get to know your doctor’s “bedside manners,” and other traits that may not be immediately apparent. Dr. Caudle emphasizes that “you should take time to find someone you’re comfortable with and can trust. You should feel open about sharing what is going on in your life, discuss whether a medication is not working, or open up about any changes in your lifestyle. He or she will be able to help facilitate better health care for you [if you are willing to share personal information].” Another important reason to visit? Ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan L. Prenner also points out that “People should have annual eye exams to try to pick up any underlying diseases or conditions they may not know about.”