One complaint that people often have about visiting the doctor is that they do not feel like anyone really listens to them. They walk back out to the car with questions that went unanswered or a sense that the doctor does not actually understand their case.
There are a lot of issues here, but it’s more than just frustration. A doctor who does not or cannot listen is more likely to make mistakes. Those mistakes could have a massive impact on your life. How can you make sure they listen to you and avoid errors?
One important thing to do is to write down what you want to ask long before you even get to the office. The first benefit is that you won’t forget anything. You can make the list in a low-pressure situation without any time constraints. Then you just need to refer to it in the office.
Asking questions also forces the doctor to listen in order to answer them. If you have those questions on a piece of paper and you feel like the doctor isn’t paying attention, you can ask them to wait for a moment while you read off item after item on the list. Patients sometimes just allow the doctor to hurry out of the room because they can’t think of what to say next, but you won’t have that problem.
Doing this can help you avoid mistakes, but nothing guarantees it. If you think that medical malpractice has occurred because you got such a low level of care, then you may need to look into your legal options.