Can we trust doctors

How to Resolve Conflicts With Your Doctor (3/3)

Let your doctor know if you disagree with a decision or suggestion. This is important to both you and your doctor. Because the more you reject a therapy, the more difficult it will be for you to implement it in everyday life. You are not motivated and may feel that you are under additional psychological stress. This jeopardizes the success of the treatment and makes both you and your doctor dissatisfied. In the worst case scenario, you will both become frustrated and lose trust in one another.

Only if you tell your doctor what you think can he

  • even found out that you are not satisfied with his proposal,
  • know why you disagree
  • Inform you about the therapy as you need it,
  • revise his treatment proposal together with you so that you are both satisfied with it,
  • ensure the success of the treatment and
  • strengthen the relationship of trust between you.

Defuse conflicts

Doctors can also react sensitively, for example if they believe that someone is questioning their competence. If you openly state that you do not agree with a decision, you can take this concern away from your doctor. For example, by clearly signaling to your doctor that

  • You do not doubt his professional competence,
  • it is important to you to receive treatment that also makes sense from your point of view,
  • With your open discussion, you both want to give each other the chance to determine a treatment that both of you can be satisfied with
  • You want to continue working with him in a trusting manner and that is precisely why you want to address your dissatisfaction instead of switching to another doctor straight away.