Question of the Week

November 18, 2002  


I was recently choosing new physicians that worked with our new insurance. While making the selection, I was given a one paragraph biography about each of the doctors from whom I was able to choose. How much can one paragraph really tell me about what kind of doctor a person will be?

"A man who received a life sentence for kidnapping a college student and burying her alive for ransom is now practicing medicine in Chrisney, Ind.... Krist was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He was released after serving 10 years. Court evidence showed he took measures to make sure Mackle survived.... Krist studied medicine in Grenada and Dominica, according to the report by the Indianapolis station WRTV-ABC6. Krist said he acquired his medical experience during residency and the time he spent as a medical missionary in Haiti. 'You see a lot of things in Haiti,' Krist said. 'It's excellent training for a small town doctor.' Krist said he was a general practitioner. 'I don't claim a specialty.' He is also the only doctor in Chrisney, or for several miles around.",1406,KNS_350_1548242,00.htm

This was not one of the paragraphs on my list. What if it had been? What if it had been the only paragraph? Would it matter? Should it matter? When selecting a politician, we hear about the past good and bad from the commercials and news articles. When selecting a college, we read information from various sources to get an idea of what the school is like, and whether or not it would be a good match. What do we know about our doctors? What should we know?

Question of the Week:
What factors are important when choosing a doctor? What should we know about their past and present experiences? What is irrelevant?

Please email me with any ideas or suggestions.
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I look forward to reading what you have to say.

Health Community Coordinator
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum

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