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Wednesday, July 09, 2008 9:00 AM
Radiocast: How to Choose a Doctor

Debra: This is Healthcare 411, information for better health. How do you choose a doctor? How can you be sure you are making the right choice? AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy has advice.

Dr. Clancy: Some people really like to ask friends, family, neighbors, and even co-workers if they can suggest someone. I would also suggest calling the office and see if you can speak directly to the clinician. Some are happy to do this and don’t charge for a brief phone conversation. The next step, of course, is to schedule a visit with your top choice. During that first visit you will learn a lot about just how easy it is to talk with the doctor. You need to select a clinician who meets your medical needs. And it is really important to feel comfortable with the doctor you choose, because that person will be your partner in taking care of your health.

Debra: To learn more about this and dozens of other health topics, go to healthcare411.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Debra James for Healthcare 411.

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