Everyone deserves to get their money’s worth when they pay for a service. These are the character qualities that you should look for when working with a healthcare practitioner.
The best healthcare practitioner qualities:
Strong Communication Skills: Clear and effective communication skills are of the utmost importance. You should always understand what you're doing and why you’re doing it after meeting with your health practitioner. Your health practitioner should be able to manage your expectations, answer your questions, and be able to admit when they don’t know something - no one knows everything!
You should never feel lost or in the dark after meeting with a health practitioner. If you do, ask for clarifications or consider working with a practitioner who has better communication skills.
Empathy and Compassion: Your healthcare professional should genuinely care about you and your well-being. This is why it’s called ‘Healthcare.’ You should feel understood and supported when you meet with a health practitioner.
Knowledge & Experience: Your healthcare practitioner should have experience in the support that you are looking for. The more niche your concern is, the more important it is that you find a specialist in this field.
Bonus points if they have testimonials with successful clients with a similar background as you!
Professionalism and Ethics: This should be obvious, but healthcare professionals need to have high ethical standards, maintain patient confidentiality, and demonstrate professionalism when working with their clients. If you feel 'taken care of,' that is a sign of a great practitioner.
Critical Thinking Skills & Individualization: Healthcare professionals should be able to think critically about you and your specific situation. You are an individual and what happens in textbooks and with other clients will not necessarily work for you. Practitioners should be able to look at the whole picture and the small details to develop an individualized health protocol for you and your situation.
Exudes Confidence & Open-mindedness: Your practitioner should listen to you but should not fold to your every whim and be flimsy with their care. Patients do well when they are with a health practitioner that listens to them but that also are confident in the protocols they provide. A confident practitioner helps the patient feel secure and safe through their knowledge and experience, these qualities are essential to progress. A patient will not see progress if they don't feel safe and reassured about what they're doing!
Monitor the ego! Egotistical practitioners always think they're right and they don't listen to you and your experience. Egotistical patients are usually close-minded to new ideas and therapies and just want a quick fix. True and sustainable progress is rarely made in either of these cases.
Continually Learning: The healthcare field is constantly evolving, and professionals should be open-minded to new techniques, new technologies, and emerging research. They should also be flexible in their approach and adapt to the ever-evolving times.
Teamwork and Collaboration: The patient should feel like they are on the same team as their health care practitioner. Both of you should share the common goal of amplifying your well-being. A successful patient-practitioner team minimizes the difficulties, uncertainty, and confusion, all while amplifying clarity, easiness, and enthusiasm. Together, you should make the 'next logical step' towards uplifting your well-being.
Nonjudgmental & Culturally Competent: A healthcare practitioner should provide a welcoming and safe environment for all patients. They should also be able to recognize and be accepting of the diversity of patients' backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures and adapt the care they provide accordingly.
Positive & Uplifting Environment: You should leave every single healthcare appointment feeling like your practitioner actually cares about your health. The best practitioners also create an environment where you feel uplifted, motivated, and like you have a clear direction after your appointments.
If you leave your appointments feeling defeated, reprimanded, or helpless, you may want to consider looking for a new practitioner that can provide the uplifting qualities above.
Summary: Your health practitioner should create an uplifting, nonjudgmental, environment where there is good communication, clear expectations, and a collaborative effort to uplift you and your health.