A good relationship with your doctor is essential to getting the best possible care, according to a recent study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital. But just as in a successful marriage, what constitutes a good doctor-patient relationship depends largely on the compatibility of the “couple” and what a patient is looking for in a health care “partner.” While some women like to learn as much as they can about their health and work with their doctors as part of a team, others prefer a relationship in which the doctor takes charge. The good news: “Doctors exist for every patient style, so you just have to find the one who will work well with yours,” says Davis Liu, M.D., a family physician in Sacramento and author of Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America’s Healthcare System. To find out what your patient style is and what kind of caregiver you’re likely to be most comfortable with, take this quiz.
By Stacey Colino
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