While in the hospital, you may see a number of different doctors, and not all doctors are the same. Understanding who your doctor is may be one of the most important questions you can ask to improve your care.
When I was taking care of my dad in the hospital, I often became confused about which doctor I was talking to.
I learned that when a doctor walked into my dad’s room that asking who the doctor was is always the best place to start.
I always asked these 4 questions:
- What is your name? If you don’t understand them, ask them to spell it or write it down for you.
- Who are you? They should tell you whether they are the resident or fellow or the primary doctor. If they don’t, ask them.
- When is the attending doctor going to see me?
- Will my primary care doctor be making the decisions or a specialist? If it’s a specialist, who is it?
These questions helped me be clear about my dad’s care while in the hospital.
Have you ever been confused about the doctors in charge of your care when you were in the hospital? I’d love to hear from you!
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