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Who's Diagnosing You? - Get A Physicians Background Check

Jan 15, 2008
Most of us put our lives into the hands of our doctors. After all, our doctors are responsible for letting us know how we can take the best care of ourselves and are the people who are responsible for fixing us when we are broken or sick. Is it any wonder that a Doctors background check is a common tool that is used by patients who are trying to choose a new physician?

You've chosen your doctor carefully - or have you? By running a doctors background check you can make certain that your physician has the skills and reputation in the areas that you're interested in.

Trusting your choice of physician is vitally important. Tell your chosen doctor when you are going to run a background check on them. If they become hesitant or ill-tempered, then it's probably time to find a doctor that is comfortable with what you'll discover about them.

Most doctors background checks include the following information:

* Physician's education credentials

* Awards earned by the physician

* Articles the physician has had published

* Hospital or academic appointments

* Any special expertise

* Associations or affiliations the physician is a member of

* The status of the doctor's board certification

* Their license status in every state

* Evidence of professional misconduct

* Their doctor credential ratings

* Court judgments (nationwide) regarding any malpractice proceedings

* Check nationally for any disciplinary action

Also, know that there are many folks who will bring their doctor to court when things don't go positively for them. Even though the physician performs admirably and has done nothing wrong, the odds of him being sued during his career are very good.

A doctor that has a large number of malpractice lawsuits showing up in their records is not a good thing. Most doctors will have at least a few malpractice suits against them, but when there are a lot of them it's time to look for a new doctor.

Before doing an extensive physician background check, it may pay to do a little up-front checking on your own.

One thing you can do as part of a "self conducted" doctors background check is to sit down and talk to your doctor before you set up an appointment or decide who your primary care physician will be.

While interviewing the candidates to become your doctor, ask them anything that you're curious about or that bothers you. If they feel they are too important to spend a few moments with you, or that you're asking "dumb" questions, then immediately leave and choose a "good" doctor and not some jerk who has a degree and a big head.

You will want to get a list of references from the doctor you're interviewing. Get a patient list to see how they feel about the care that was provided and get a list of colleagues to validate whether or not they feel the physician you're interviewing is well qualified.

The list of patients provided by the doctor you're interviewing will probably provide mostly positive experiences. To validate what you're hearing, talk to a few local folks in your town to see if they have strong feelings about any of your candidates.

Verify that your candidates are telling the truth by making a list of questions that will be provided on a detailed background check and then, during your interview, asking them each of the questions. Jot down what each of them told you and then verify that it's the same information that shows up in your extensive background research.

If you find that there is a difference between what the doctor told you and what has been reported, contact the reporting agency. It's okay to get further information from any person listed on the background check.

Physicians have a reputation for having huge egos. That's okay as long as you feel comfortable working with them. If you don't feel comfortable, look for a new doctor.

By doing a doctors background check, you have many answers to your questions on paper, right in front of you. You can clearly differentiate between your candidates and make an informed decision.
About the Author
Matt A. Thomas is a Webmaster and publisher of Court-Records.info. He provides additional info on doctor background checks and business opportunities where you can explore at any time, day or night, on his website.
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