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What characteristics should I look for in my Crohn's doctor?

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Your doctor should have the following:

  • A good office staff. Does the staff answer your calls or return them right away? Are they polite and helpful?
  • Insurance. Is the doctor on your insurance plan?
  • Easy access. If your symptoms get worse, can you get in to see the doctor quickly? Does the doctor respond to your calls or emails? These things are crucial aspects of your care.

SOURCES:

Richard Bloomfeld, MD, associate professor of medicine, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, N.C.

Prabhakar Swaroop, MD, assistant professor; director, Crohn’s and Colitis Program, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Bloomfeld, MD, associate professor of medicine, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, N.C.

Prabhakar Swaroop, MD, assistant professor; director, Crohn’s and Colitis Program, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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