Strategies for Successful Medical and Dental Office Visits

The people who responded gave a lot of great tips for both doctors/dentists and individuals and caregivers to use. And they reported a lot of common strategies and concerns. The responses consisted of suggestions for making appointments, making waiting time easier and talking to doctors about the individual’s needs. The responses contained suggestions in two categories: what individuals, families, and caregivers need from doctors, dentists, and other office staff, and what they can do for themselves.

Below are the top 10 suggestions in each category. To make remembering easier, you can print and cut out these tables. Laminating them will preserve them as a pocket guide for future use.

What we need from doctors, dentists, and other office staff:

  1. Doctors, dentists, and staff have an understanding of disabilities and the anxiety that individuals may have about medical/dental visits
  2. Treat individuals and caregivers with the same respect and dignity as others receive and recognize unique family strengths
  3. Have short wait times and a low stress, quiet environment, with special or separate waiting rooms
  4. Speak directly to the individual
  5. Allow extra time for the appointment
  6. Listen to caregivers’ and individuals’ expressed needs
  7. Share complete and unbiased information with families
  8. Allow caregivers to be present during visit and ask them questions when needed
  9. See the individual as a person with unique needs, not as a “disabled person”
  10. Make appropriate referrals and timely follow through with paperwork

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