Barry Littlejohn has been practicing medicine in Glendale, Arizona since 2008. He has been the recipient of multiple Patients’ Choice Awards during that time. Before opening his Arizona practice, he spent many years in Illinois; he has a total of thirty years experience. And his experiences have given him some very clear ideas about what makes a good doctor.
One of the most important traits that a doctor should have is professionalism, says Barry Littlejohn. The doctor-patient confidentiality pact is extremely important. Patients rely on a doctor’s discretion so that they can freely express their concerns on what are often delicate, highly personal matters that only a doctor should hear.
It is equally important for a good doctor to have empathy for each of his or her patients, says Barry Littlejohn. As he knows from experience, patients who believe their doctor has empathy for their condition can actually experience some reduction in pain as a result. By the same token, a patient who thinks his or her doctor isn’t interested in them can experience extended symptoms.
It’s also very important for a doctor to keep up with developments in the medical profession, in particular those areas of his or her specialty. Barry Littlejohn says that the medical professional is constantly changing, with new research enhancing the body of knowledge already out there. It is imperative that he keeps up to date.
Finally, Barry Littlejohn says that a good doctor should be very hard working and committed to the practice of medicine. No matter the time of day or the time of year, people are always going to need health care, and are going to rely on the skills of highly trained professionals like him.