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Finding and Seeing a Doctor

Pittsburgh / Pennsylvania Resources

  • Pennsylvania Medical Society: Find a Physician
    The Society is the state's only advocate for both doctors and patients. Their "You & Your Physician" web page provides useful guidelines on getting the most from your doctor visit and a means to Find-A-Physician by searching their online member directory by name, location, specialty, or hospital affiliation.
  • Pennsylvania Professional Licensing Boards & Commissions Related to Health
    This site allows you to verify that a health professional is currently licensed to practice in the state and whether there are any disciplinary actions against him. In addition, you can view details of disciplinary actions against individuals by state health licensing boards.
  • Pittsburgh Magazine: Health and Wellness
    Their annual lists of top doctors and dentists is prepared by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. which contacts thousands of health professionals in the region and asks them to name the doctors to whom they would entrust a family member when faced with a specific medical problem.
  • Be Well Pittsburgh!
    This website compiles information about health resources in the Pittsburgh area in order to improve uninsured Pittsburghers' awareness of and access to health care resources.
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: Salud Para Niños
    A bilingual (Spanish) pediatric clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh Walk-In (Urgent Care) Clinics
    These sites do not require an appointment, usually operate in the evenings and on weekends and are an alternative to the emergency room for minor illnesses. They are often staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who provide treatment for common family illnesses and injuries, administer vaccinations, conduct physicals and wellness screenings and offer monitoring for chronic conditions.
 

Web Sites

  • AMA DoctorFinder
    Sponsored by the American Medical Association, this site provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician, more than 690,000 doctors, in the United States. Physicians do not have to be AMA members to be included in the database.
  • Family Doctor
    The American Academy of Family Physicians has put together a comprehensive website that includes links to Choosing a Family Doctor and Tips for Talking to Your Doctor.
  • Medline Plus: Choosing a Doctor or Health Care Service
    This health care topic presents the things to consider when choosing a choosing a doctor or healthcare provider.
  • Medline Plus: Directories
    MedlinePlus provides links to directories to help you find libraries, health professionals, services and facilities.
 

Selected Books

Conlon, Patrick
The Essential Hospital Handbook: How to Be an Effective Partner in a Loved One's Care
RA965.6.C66 2009
Conlon tells you when you should go to the Emergency Room.
 
Cohen, Elizabeth
The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time
R727.4.C64 2010
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shows you how to become your own advocate and navigate the minefield of today's health-care system. Discover how to find a doctor who listens to you, ask the right questions for the best treatment and make the most out of a short office visit.
 
Connolly, John J. and Jean Morgan
America's Top Doctors
This annual Castle Connolly Guide identifies the nation's top doctors. The contents cover over 60 specialties and subspecialties.
 
Kussin, Steven Z.
Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care
R727.3.K88 2011
Offering an insider's perspective, Kussin's book teaches readers how to be better patients in order to get better care, offers access to industrial-strength resources, and promotes an attitude that will prevent alienation and manipulation.
 
I Need an Operation... Now What?
Russell, Thomas R.
I Need an Operation... Now What? : A Patient's Guide to a Safe and Successful Outcome
RD31.3.R87 2008x
Includes chapters on choosing the surgeon and what to ask the surgeon at the first meeting.
 
 

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