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Managing Your Health

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**These links are not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your personal healthcare provider.**


Consumer Reports provides buying advice, product ratings, product reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos.  Categories of products include appliances, automobiles, babies and kids, electronics, health information, home & garden, and money/ personal finance.

ReferenceUSA Health Care
Reference USA Health Care includes 855,000 physician and dentist listings throughout the U.S. Use it to find a new doctor or dentist by type of practice, location or both.



Find-Choose-Communicate with a Healthcare Provider

Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ)
Questions to ask your doctor

AMA DoctorFinder
DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 814,000 doctors. 

American Cancer Society - Stay Healthy
Healthy living information to help you stay well.

Center for Advancing Health - Be a Prepared Patient ®
Be a Prepared Patient can help you make informed decisions about your health and health care. Find a collection of trusted resources, tips and stories from patients, caregivers, and health care experts about finding good care and making the most of it.*The Center for Advancing Health was a nonprofit organization founded in 1992, supported by individuals and foundations and based in Washington, D.C. until its closing in 2014. Supported by the Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund, cfah.org resources will remain online until January 2020.

Choosing Wisely's mission is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is: Supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm, and truly necessary.

My Health Counts
Three videos previously aired on WNEDThinkBright. Partnering with your doctor, Self-Management and Quest for Quality. Also includes links to help you form a better relationship with your healthcare provider.

New York State Doctor Profile
Provides information on a physician’s education, practice, and professional activities.   Under Legal Actions, see if there are any malpractice suits filed against him or her.

New York State Office of the Professions -License Verification
Find out if your health care provider is licensed to practice in New York State. Find not only doctors, dentists and nurses but also massage therapists, acupuncturists and more. Search by profession, then by name.

Keeping Track of Your Health

My Family Health Portrait
The Surgeon General's "My Family Health Portrait" is an internet-based tool that makes it easy for you to record your family health history. The tool is easy to access on the web and simple to fill out. It assembles your information and makes a "pedigree" family tree that you can download. It is private--it does not keep your information. It gives you a health history that you can share with family members or send to your health care practitioner.

Who Will Speak for You?
Information about health care proxy in New York State. Download the forms in English and six other languages.

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Communication in medicine -talking with your doctor

Savvy Healthcare Consumer