Choosing a Doctor

When selecting a doctor to become your primary health care provider and help you manage your diabetes, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel comfortable with this doctor?
  • Can I talk with this doctor about all aspects of my health and lifestyle, including sexual problems I may experience?
  • Does this doctor really listen and respond to my concerns?
  • Does this doctor answer my questions using words that I can understand?
  • Does this doctor have the experience and training needed to treat my diabetes?
  • Can this doctor refer me to other healthcare professionals I might need?
  • Is this doctor available by phone if needed?
  • Does he or she have a plan for caring for patients at night and on weekends?

If you answer "NO" to any of these questions, consider looking for another doctor.

Written by award-winning health writer Bobbie Hasselbring

Reviewed by Beth Seltzer, MD

Last updated June 2008