Tips for Choosing a Neurologist
By Carrie Redmon
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with MS or have been dealing with the nuances of MS for quite some time, consider these tips and questions when choosing a neurologist or when considering switching to a different neurologist.
• Consider reaching out to any friends of yours who may also have MS or who you have possibly met through a support group or community forum. Ask them who they see. Chances are someone in your network of friends already has some suggestions for who may be best suited in your area.
• Consider a neurologist who specifically treats those with MS. As I’m sure many of you know, neurologists can treat a variety of conditions only one which happens to be MS. But there are a select few who are specifically knowledgeable of all things MS. Even though you may not find one in your town, chances are there is one within driving distance of your home.
• Ask your insurance provider for a list of neurologists in your network.
• Once you have narrowed down a list of potential candidates begin researching them. Research their credentials, reviews written by other patients, their gender, and research the current practice they work for or hospital system. Does it have good reviews and/or patient satisfaction scores?
• As always it’s good to evaluate their communication style as well. Will your personalities click? Or will you find yourself struggling to relate to their style of communication?
Keep in mind this decision is YOUR DECISION. Getting a second opinion is never a bad idea when making difficult decisions that affect your treatment plan. Always trust your instincts!
Carrie Redmon is a Patient Advocate with Utilize Health. Utilize Health, a healthcare company that helps patients with neurological conditions locate and engage with rehabilitation facilities, offers a free web platform that matches patients to facilities based on their needs and preferences. For more information about their services or to register for FREE visit www.utilizehealth.co.