Choosing a Doctor You Can Trust
May 8, 2000 -- How can you minimize complications in the delivery room, the operating room, or the doctor's office? Find a doctor who will be open with you. The best strategy is to ask frank questions about any previous lawsuits and the outcome, says Laurie Green, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) practicing in San Francisco. It may be uncomfortable posing these questions, and you must keep in mind that prior performance is no guarantee there won't be future complications. But just imagine what it would be like asking questions after something goes wrong. Here's a game plan to help you get started in your search:
Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way of knowing that you and your doctor are compatible. But you can arm yourself with useful information and remember that a little research can yield important results. You have a lot more say about who treats you than you may realize.
Shaina Johnson is an assistant editor at WebMD.
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