Many people worry they won’t understand the information they’re given by a doctor or lack the confidence to ask questions. Isabel Symptom Checker arms you with all the information you need to understand your symptoms, giving you the confidence to ask all the right questions.
Use the one the doctors use
Researching your symptoms prior to a doctor’s visit can be helpful, but only if the information comes from a reliable source. Isabel Symptom Checker is based on the Isabel Professional system used by doctors to help compile a differential diagnosis for their patients and has been fully validated with several papers in peer reviewed journals. For this reason, your doctor will recognise you have used the best and most accurate tool available. A well-informed patient makes a better patient.
It’s understandable to accept your doctor’s first diagnosis as the correct one, and not question their judgement. But just by simply asking “what else could it be?" or “why is it not this?” is a crucial part of the dialogue which triggers additional thinking by your doctor, and could be the difference between the correct diagnosis and an incorrect or delayed one.
You know the most about your symptoms
Doctors do their very best to get to the bottom of your symptoms, but things can be missed. If something they are saying does not tie in with what you are experiencing, don’t be afraid to voice your concerns. Doctors are only human and will welcome any information that will help them reach the correct diagnosis with you.