|Doctor Finder Checklist|
| Background Information|
|1.||What type of license and certification does the doctor have?|
|2.||Is the doctor Board Certified, Board Eligible?||Yes No|
|3.||Does the doctor have special training in brain injury?||Yes No|
|4.||Is the doctor's license current, has it ever been suspended?||Yes No|
|5.||Is the doctor in good standing with professional organizations?||Yes No|
|6.||Is the doctor viewed favorably by the medical and rehabilitation |
professional community outside the program ?
|7.||Is the doctor affiliated with any area hospitals?||Yes No|
|8.||Does the doctor carry malpractice insurance?||Yes No|
| TBI Expertise & diagnostic Tests|
|1.||How much experience do you have treating cases like mine?|
|2.||When was your practice founded, what is its guiding philosophy?|
|3.||Will you spend time with me and my and family to truly understand |
|4.||What sources of funding /payment plan do you accept?||Yes No|
|5.||Are treatments custom-tailored to individual client's needs?||Yes No|
|6.||Which diagnostic tests will you employ in my case? Why?||Yes No|
|7.||What are they designed to reveal?||Yes No|
|8.||Will you review the results with me?||Yes No|
|9.||Are such tests painful or disorienting?||Yes No|
|10.||Will I need an escort following such tests?||Yes No|
|11.||Will you provide patient education materials, and written instructions?||Yes No|
|12.||Will the diagnostic evaluation include a thorough review of past |
medical/rehabilitative care and treatment?
|13.||Will you get previous medical, school records, other information that |
might be needed to evaluate my case?
|14.||Will the evaluation include objective, quantifiable goals for the|
treatment to be evaluated against?
|15.||Will the evaluation specify the length of time the treatment would take to |
accomplish the goals stated in the evaluation?
|16.||Will the evaluation include a detailed projection of program cost and|
|17.||Is my condition the type that you commonly treat? With what results?||Yes No|
|18.||What type of program options and / or support services are available for|
my family? Will they need special training regarding my return home?
|19.||How will this treatment support me in my return to work.|
|20.||Will you arrange for me and my family to speak with former patients?||Yes No|
| Treatment & Patient Care|
|1.||What is your approach to treatment?|
|2.||How do you view my role in treatment?|
|3.||What are my rights & responsibilities? Do you have a written policy? |
May I have a copy?
|4.||Do you have a procedure for receiving and resolving patient and family |
complaints concerning the quality of care?
|5.||Are you willing to help me appreciate and manage my condition?||Yes No|
|6.||How should I prepare for our appointments?|
|7.||May I expect reminder calls prior to our appointments?||Yes No|
|8.||What type of treatments do you anticipate in my case?||Yes No|
|9.||What are the relative risks of such treatments?|
|10.||Will you provide all of my evaluation and treatments yourself?||Yes No|
|11.||What are the qualifications of other staff who provide such|
evaluation and treatments?
|12.||If equipment, is used in procedures, are staff properly trained to use and care|
for the equipment?
|13.||How often is the procedure is performed? With what success?|
|14.||How long after treatment begins can I expect to notice improvement?|
|15.||What form will such improvements take?|
|16.||Are such improvements gradual or sudden?|
|17.||When will I feel like myself again?|
|18.||Are such improvements measurable?||Yes No|
|19.||What will you use to measure them?||Yes No|
|20.||Does such treatment involve pain or discomfort?||Yes No|
|21.||Are such treatments very time consuming? How so?||Yes No|
|22.||Can the treatments be performed at home?||Yes No|
|23.||Can treatments be self administered? Or do they require assistance? |
Are they difficult to learn?
|24.||What are the side effects of such treatments?||Yes No|
|25.||Should I discontinue treatment if side effects appear?||Yes No|
|26.||Are such side effects permanent or temporary?||Yes No|
|27.||What are the costs for treatment?||Yes No|
|28.||What is the length of treatment?||Yes No|
|29.||How will missed appointments be billed.|
|30.||Will I have access to my medical file upon request?|
|31.||Will you coordinate my care with other doctors?||Yes No|
|32.||Will I be given periodic progress reports, and detailed cost statements?||Yes No|
|33.||Will the treatment be adjusted to reflect progress and / or setbacks|
|34.||Will you develop a discharge plan to ensure appropriate community|
I leave your care?
|35.||How do you choose the other programs, agencies or individuals to|
whom you refer patients?
|36.||How will you preserve the confidentially of communication between us?|
|37.||Under what circumstances is specific patient information released?|
| Sensibilities & General Impressions|
|1.||Demeanor, attitude, appearance of doctor and staff?|
|2.||Are the buildings and grounds suitable to the nature of the services |
provided to the patients served?
|3.||Office decor, lighting, atmosphere?|
|4.||Timely service, friendly, helpful staff||Yes No|
|5.||Did doctor & staff seem knowledgeable about your condition?||Yes No|
|6.||Does s/he have trial or personal injury claims resolution experience? |
With what success?
|7.||Willingness and /or qualifications to testify for you?||Yes No|
|8.||Did s/he seem to care about you as a person?||Yes No|
|9.||Were your questions answered to your satisfaction?||Yes No|
|10.||Were answers provided in terms that you understood?||Yes No|
|11.||Were billing cycles or payment plans discussed with you?||Yes No|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Brain Injury Doctor Search...What questions should I ask?
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