Healthy Relationships With Healthcare Professionals

pennyThis is the topic of an upcoming article I’m writing for the national magazine, Diabetic Living. As I always say, I’m just one person, so I want to solicit (yet again) some feed back from all of you!

Here are a few questions that you can feel free to answer if you feel like contributing your thoughts. You may or may not be quoted, but if you are quoted, I will contact you ahead of time. You can answer any or all of them via email or you can leave them in the comment section.


1. What do you do to prepare for a doctor’s appointment to make sure they go well?

2. Have you ever had a poor relationship with a doctor/CDE and then it got better? What did you do to improve it?

3. What qualities do you look for in a healthcare professional?

4. What advice do you have for a fellow PWD or parent who is struggling with their healthcare professional?

Thanks in advance! As always, I couldn’t do this without you!

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6 Responses to Healthy Relationships With Healthcare Professionals

  1. Amanda Bauer says:

    1. to prepare for my appointment I always try to make sure I have had my dexcom in the week prior so I can print out my reports so my doctor can make appropriate changes as well as write out all my numbers for the past at least 2 weeks.
    2. I have never had a poor relationship with my doctor I absolutely love her she has been my doctor for about 9 years now and she has gotten me through some really tough places I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without her!
    3. What I look for in a healthcare professional is someone who listens, and cares and who gets that diabetes isn’t easy and definitely doesn’t treat you like some sort of merchandise on a assembly line I enjoy when my doctor takes the 45 minutes to sit with me and go through my numbers and make adjustments and remembers things about me.
    4. i suggest if your struggling with your healthcare professional to look into a different one its someone that helps you with a large aspect of your life and you need to be comfortable with them and able to connect with them!

  2. 1. To prepare for my doctor appointment I download my dexcom and t:slim data, then email the reports to her the morning of the appointment.

    2. I have never had a poor relationship that got better. The relationship I have now is great, so great that I will be keeping my doctor and driving 2.5 hours to appointments because I don’t want to switch.

    3. Qualities including understanding, listens, doesn’t judge, and actually wants to be there to help you (Doesn’t look at the clock….).

    4. If you’re struggling, find a new provider. It’s so worth it once you find the one you love!

  3. StephenS says:

    Allison, I know I’m probably very late, but here are my responses, and they apply primarily to my endocrinologist:

    1. I try to make sure I write down anything that I absolutely need to cover with her during our appointment. Sometimes that’s prescriptions, sometimes that’s basal adjustments, sometimes that’s managing workouts and how to avoid lows.

    2. Never had this situation. I have had a couple of bad experiences. Once I hung in there and really tried to make it better. Didn’t work. The other time the guy was an absolutely horrible person. When we didn’t see eye to eye, he was really mean and bossy, and I left and never looked back.

    3. I look for someone who speaks my language. That’s easier now that I’m older. But mostly, it’s a) I need a comfort factor, and b) I need to have a good sense (and later, proof) that their recommendations will work for me.

    4. My first bit of advice would be to examine yourself to see if you’re an impediment to positive change. Often, you’re not, so don’t be surprised if your answer to that is No. Second, I would say Interview other HCPs until you find someone you connect with. There is nothing that says we have to live with the first person we schedule an appointment with. Sometimes, things don’t work out, and sometimes it’s no one’s fault. But being the best we can be requires that we have a good relationship with our HCPs.

    Thanks for letting me get this in so late!

  4. Annette says:

    Great questions. I’m waiting for answers ;)

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