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Patient Safety

Avoiding Medical Mistakes

  • Tip #1: Be prepared before you visit your doctor by having a list of symptoms written down so you don’t forget anything.
  • Tip #2: Before your doctor’s visit, make a list to bring of your medications, dosages and nutritional supplements to hand to your physician
  • Tip # 3: If you have a serious health condition, someone should go along to your doctor’s visit to be a second set of ears.  This is especially important for persons with hearing challenges, or those hesitant to ask questions.
  • Tip #4: When you visit your doctor, tell them about specialist you are seeing and bring a list of their contact information for your chart.
  • Tip #5: Don’t assume your doctor will figure out what is wrong.  While none of us likes to hear bad news, just because a doctor doesn’t find it, doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem.
  • Tip #6: Don’t be afraid to go for a second opinion, and don’t discuss what the first doctor said.  You should learn what the initial second opinion is independently of the first opinion.
  • Tip #7: Make sure your doctor is listening to you.  If you are being rushed, it may be time to find a new doctor.
  • Tip #8: Ask your doctor for a differential diagnosis which are the possibilities of what your symptoms can be related to.
  • Tip #9:  Ask questions about diagnosis, treatment options, side effects of drugs, drug interactions.
  • Tip #10: Before choosing a doctor consider reviewing websites to gain information about the physician. Here are four: www.nydoctorprofile.com : This is maintained by New York State Dept. of Health and provides information on doctor’s medical training and practice. www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct The NY Office of Professional Medical Conduct website has information on whether a doctor has been sanctioned or has limited privileges. www.nycourts.gov. A legal site showing if a doctor has been sued.  Go into “E-courts” and “Web Civil Supreme.” Put in a doctor’s name in as a defendant so any cases against that physician appears.  www.e-law.com.  Similar to the site above.
    If a doctor has a number of cases, you may want to find a different doctor. 

 

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