In a world where physicians are constantly squeezed by tight schedules, we are seeing physicians who are moving to specialize in physician-patient communication to pick up the slack. One such physician is Dr. Delia Chiaramonte. In CNN's article, "Help! My pediatrician's not listening to me!," Dr. Chiaramonte dispenses valuable advice for parents who sense a misdiagnosis for their child, or who disagree with a pediatrician's course of action regarding their child's condition.
Dr. Chiaramonte says that a parent is right to suspect misdiagnosis when a prolonged treatment fails to produce results. The key is to ask questions at the beginning of the treatment, such as, how long should it take to see results? What other treatment methods are available in case this one fails?
She also suggests using the internet:
"A parent can look up the symptoms on
the Internet and see what other behavioral problems could be causing
these symptoms," she says. "Then they can ask, 'Doctor, is it possible
that my child's problem could be one of these other diseases?'" (CNN)
Dr. Chiaramonte acknowledges that although parents lack the medical training that physicians have, as 24/7 caregivers parents are the ones who know their child best. When push comes to shove, she suggests that annoying a doctor with questions and standing firm are worth the benefits to their children's health.
Dr. Delia Chiaramonte is a private consultant for patients having trouble navigating the health care system. She is an experienced, Board Certified physician. She has particular interest in the care of cancer patients, patient education and the effect of stress on health and wellness. She practices in Towson, Maryland.