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The importance of analyzing doctor credentials

Medical malpractice creates an ongoing health crisis for many victims in Illinois. While their circumstances may have been out of their control, their knowledge about choosing a good doctor may protect them from going through a similar experience in the future.

There are several factors people may consider when comparing their options for health care providers in their area. One, in particular, examining a doctor’s credentials, has considerable importance.

Signs from the past

When comparing doctors, people should scrutinize the past. They should look extensively at a doctor’s educational background, licensures, credentials and patient reviews. Each aspect of this information search can reveal the ability of a doctor to perform medical treatment with respect, attention to detail and a genuine interest in patient wellbeing.

Verywell Health suggests that people look for the number of years a doctor has practiced medicine. Has he or she recently moved to their current state? Is there a gap between licensure renewal? This information could indicate something as simple as a move from one state to another. Or it could uncover malpractice claims that temporarily suspended licensure.

Promise for the future

Because people want a doctor who is capable of providing unparalleled care, they may focus their search on a doctor’s character and personality. Consumer Reports recommends that people use their initial visit with a new doctor as a trial. Does the doctor clarify appointment details at the end? Did the doctor listen intently to the patient’s concerns? Did the doctor answer questions with consideration? Were subsequent treatments explained appropriately? Were alternative treatment options discussed?

People may ask similar questions about their interactions with the office staff to identify the compatibility of specific health care providers. They may even consider bringing up their experience with medical malpractice and ask what kinds of patient protective measures specific offices implement to prevent negligent patient injury.

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