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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 9:00 AM

Podcast: Choosing a Doctor

Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra James with Healthcare 411: Information for better health.

How do you choose a doctor and make sure you make the best choice? 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 a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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