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Consumer Health Resources

A collection of consumer health resources available to patrons at the Health Sciences Library

Find a Doctor

It is important to find a physician you can feel comfortable with. Ask some of the following questions during the course of your visit:

  • How is the physician's demeanor and attitude?
  • Was the office staff friendly and helpful?
  • Does the doctor seem to care about you as a person?
  • Did the team seem knowledgeable about your condition?
  • Were the answers given to you explained in a way you understood?

For other factors to consider, take a look at this article from Consumerreport.org, "How to Find a Good Doctor."

Ensure that the Physician you are considering is in good standing. Use the websites below to double check your physician's record.


Find a Hospital

 


Find a Nursing Home

Finding a nursing care facility for your loved one is an important decision. When you start looking at your options, consider using this Medicare.Gov checklist which lays out topics to consider. 

Medicare Nursing Care Checklist

Medicare.Gov also has a great database you can find & compare nursing homes, hospitals & other providers near you. It's a great place to start if you don't have specific nursing care facility you want to look into yet or facilities you want to explore out of your state. 

Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect

The State of Missouri has resources established to prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Report incidents of elder mistreatment and abuse through this number: 1-800-392-0210.


Find a Dentist

If only it could be as easy as typing "find a dentist" into Google. Such a search may net you a list of databases that are out of date, inaccurate, and heavily supported by advertisements. These challenges tend to only complicate your search for unbiased information. 

Ask some the following questions during the course of your visit:

  • How is the dentist's demeanor and attitude?
  • Was the office staff friendly and helpful?
  • Does the dentist seem to care about you as a person?
  • Did the team seem knowledgeable about dental concerns?
  • Were the answers given to you explained in a way you understood?

For additional questions to ask or consider, read Your Top 9 Questions About Going to the Dentist - Answered! created by the American Dental Assocation.

Below is a collection of direct and unbiased resources you can use when locating your future dentist.


Find Costs for Drugs/Procedures