My daughter is 9-years-old and was diagnosed with diabetes 9 months ago. We are still using the doctor she was assigned when she was admitted into the hospital but I'm not that thrilled with him.
We were given a recommendation for another doctor in the area who has a practice with another doctor and is associated with a dietician and a social worker and has a nurse specialist (none of which is part of the practice with my current doctor).
My question is: What should I look for in a practice? What credentials should I look for? Are there any particular questions I should ask the doctor? Is there anything in particular I should be aware of? I just want to make sure I'm making the right switch.
My usual criteria for finding a new doctor includes the following:
- They should be relatively close by (If you lived in the USA, a doctor in Europe would be inappropriate); how far you're willing to travel depends on your personal situation.
- They should accept whatever insurance plan you have.
- They should be willing to work with other physicians and other health care professionals.
- You should feel good after a visit to their office.
I think you will have to have a face-to-face meeting with your daughter and you and your proposed new doctor and see what happens. Ask normal questions, not "trick questions," and expect honest answers (evasive answers or non-answers to honest questions would be a tip off that the chemistry is wrong):
- Find out what hospitals the doctor is on staff at.
- Find out who covers for the doctor if he/she's unavailable (presumably the doc's partner, but double-check if they have coverage arrangements with other doctors also participating).
- Find out what you should do for your daughter if a problem occurred after normal office hours.
- Find out whether he/she feels the ADA, or the JDF, or both, are doing a good job in your area.
- If at all possible, bring along your daughter's previous medical records with you, and ask the new doctor to review them and comment on them.
Ideally, the doctor should be a board-certified Pediatric Endocrinologist, with Certified Diabetes Educators working alongside. Definitely, the doctor's practice should have a lot of kids with diabetes.
Original posting 3 Nov 96
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:51
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