Knowledge and experience. Does the
psychiatrist keep up to date with changes in the
profession? How does (s)he keep updated – conferences,
journal reading, research? Does the psychiatrist
participate with colleagues in discussions and learning
Side effects. Does the psychiatrist pay ample
attention to the side effects of the medications and how
the patient is able to handle them? Does the
psychiatrist work to minimize the side effects that the
patient finds most difficult to deal with?
Respect. Does the patient respect the
psychiatrist? Do the patient caregivers respect the
psychiatrist? Does the psychiatrist show respect to the
patient and caregivers?
Interpersonal Skills. Does the psychiatrist
listen well to what is being said? Does (s)he ask
pertinent questions? Does the psychiatrist interact with
the caregivers as well as the patient?
Communicating and education. Does the
psychiatrist explain what medications are doing, how
long it will take them to take effect, and the possible
side effects? Does the psychiatrist encourage patients
to read and participate in educational events?
Encouraging. Is the psychiatrist uplifting? Is
the psychiatrist encouraging about improvements that can
be made? Does the psychiatrist say that there are many
approaches to take if the current protocols do not work
Relationships with other professionals. Does
the psychiatrist encourage therapy? Does (s)he recommend
therapists? Does the psychiatrist listen to the
Costs. Are the costs made clear? Does the
psychiatrist participate in insurance programs?
Paperwork. Will the office provide support
required for outside needs (e.g., Social Security)?
Comfort level. Does the patient and caregivers
feel comfortable with the psychiatrist?
Availability. Does the practice have enough
time available for treatment? How are backup situations
handled (e.g., psychiatrist is out of town)? How are
after hours issues handled? Is the psychiatrist located