Philosophy of Care Questions Explained

The Physician Health Values Survey is designed to match patients with physicians who share healthcare values and philosophy of care. The survey is not exhaustive nor a perfect exploration of the intricacies of each physician's practice. Rather, they are a tool with which we attempt to approximate physician and patient compatibility.

When answering the Physician Health Values Survey we encourage you to be straightforward about how you practice healthcare in order to optimize compatibility.

Privacy is important to us and the answers to the philosophy of care questions will not be displayed on your public profile. Only specific value systems will be displayed in search results, such as Veteran'sHealth or important religious competencies.

Please read our FAQ for providers if you have questions about ValueMed. Research has shown a strong association between doctor-patient compatability and patient satisfaction and improved healthcare outcomes. The following article explains what each question means and how you should think about answering each.

Healthcare Management and Patient Decision Making

Patients vary widely with the extent to which they expect to be involved in their healthcare management. Some patients want to be informed of every lab value or image finding. Others simply trust in the expertise of their physician. The similarity between patient and physician expectations regarding involvement in personal care is a significant factor in predicting patient satisfaction.

Diagnostic Approach

The physician's toolbox grows larger everyday. As such, each physician must strike a balance between ordering tests and using basic diagnostic skills. Labs and imaging can be a burden to patients, but they can also be comforting. Matching patient and physician preference for diagnostic approach is essential to compatibility.

Treatment Strategy

Balancing aggressiveness of treatment with the potential side effects is a perennial struggle. Some physicians prefer to attack the problem head on. Others prefer a "wait and see" approach. Not surprisingly, patients have a similar attitude when it comes to treatment of their illness.  

Evidence and Experience

Physician guidelines are a useful tool, but they do not always account for the intricacies of every patient's situations. Physicians differ in their familiarity with each clinical situation. As such, physicians rely on guidelines differently according to their personal experience.

Visit Time and Relationship

The clinic day is busy. It demands balancing the work of healing patients with building relationships. Patients also have busy days, trying to squeeze in physician appointments between the demands of everyday life. Not surprisingly, patients vary in their desire to balance having healthcare needs met efficiently with building a physician relationship.


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