“The correct and strong communication between the patient and the doctor positively affects the success of the treatment,” said Turkey Medicals Co-ordinator.

The patient’s awareness, correct communication with his/her doctor play an important role in obtaining successful results in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. It is also very important to have knowledge about a person’s illness, especially in the treatment of chronic diseases. Because the unilateral efforts of the doctor are not enough to monitor and control chronic diseases. Patients also need to remember their responsibilities during the diagnosis and treatment process.

So what should patients do to get accurate information from their doctor? Turkey Medicals Patient Liaison desk answered this question. Here are the descriptions…



Unfortunately, in today’s hospital conditions, the intensity experienced by Turkish doctors who are given only 10 minutes of examination time and the inability of patients to naturally be satisfied with this situation is the biggest problem in the patient-physician relationship. However, we know that it is very important to devote enough time and listen to the patient in detail by establishing eye contact in a healthy doctor-patient relationship. Undoubtedly, patients who ask their doctor every question that sticks in their minds and get satisfactory answers adapt to treatment better and the chances of success in treatment increase. Patients, sometimes due to time constraints, can get the right diagnosis and go to 4-5 doctors until they reach an effective treatment, and this actually brings a serious cost to the health sector. Proper communication also reduces the economic and physical burden on the health sector in the long term.


Know what you need: First of all, know what you need when choosing the doctor to go to. For example, if you have a chronic illness, the most suitable doctor for you is a doctor who is close to your home, within easy reach and will recognize you. Over time, it allows you to get to know your family history, you or even other family members, find out your living conditions, and provide you with more accurate treatment. On the other hand, suppose you are going to a psychiatrist. Maybe you think that you can tell someone of the opposite sex about yourself more comfortably.

Take notes: Remember that your doctor is also a person, and he may be confused from time to time, he has densities. Before you go, write down the existing questions about your illness or complaints and ask them in turn. Likewise, if you have doubts, tell your doctor about them. Also, do not forget that the most primary doctor of a person is himself. Be careful to keep track of your symptoms, problems.

Make eye contact: According to the World Health Organization, the ideal examination time is 20 minutes, but unfortunately, it does not seem possible to catch this time in our country at the moment. Many doctors spend most of the 5-10-minute examination time entering the necessary information on the computer, so they cannot make eye contact while listening to the patient. If this situation does not satisfy you when describing your complaints, “Can I just take a few minutes?” make a request by saying. Your doctor will also respond when you share it in the appropriate language.

Empathize: Think in advance about what you want to ask your doctor. coming to a date with more than 10 questions is practically not a viable thing. Instead, determine the main reason for the visit and ask two or three important questions. Also try to empathize with your doctor. Busy and crowded hospitals can bring a lot of patient burden for doctors. Therefore, if you ask a question with sentences such as “I know there are a lot of patients, but…”, he will understand. And don’t leave the most important questions to the end.

Go prepared for appointments: Being a good patient as well as a good doctor also plays an important role in treatment. Sometimes the best medicine, the best surgery does not benefit the patient, but we can also see that the most difficult patients recover. Therefore, it is important that you are also a good patient. As I said, if you want to make the most of your medical treatment appointment in Turkey, sort your questions in order of importance. In addition, be honest with your doctor. Some information that you will give about your health condition and that you consider insignificant may have some meaning for treatment. Share the medications you use, your family diseases, your diet with your doctor. In addition, the vitamin and mineral supplements you use are also very important. These, in turn, can lead to drug interaction. Therefore, give this information to your doctor in Antalya and Istanbul.

Be disciplined: Discipline also plays an important role in treatments. Taking medications regularly and at the same time, sleeping regularly, eating well always give effective results. Pay attention to these and be careful to use your medications as prescribed. If you are confused, calling your doctor’s assistant or your family doctor in Turkey may be the solution.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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