Finding the Right Physicians for Your Family

At the beginning of every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions to diet and exercise more. While losing weight and eating healthier are key to working towards a healthier lifestyle, most people overlook the importance of staying in touch with their doctor to help meet that goal. Your relationship with your doctor should not only be when you are not feeling well. The best time to visit your doctor is actually when you are feeling great.

Importance of Preventive Healthcare

Visiting your doctor for preventive checkups and screenings are also important to living a healthy life. Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health status when you are symptom free to help avoid more serious health problems down the road. Even if you’re in the best shape of your life, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may put your health at risk. Routine health screenings can detect early warning signs of more serious problems.

Finding the Right Physician with the Right Information

In need of a new primary care physician to help maintain a preventive healthcare regimen? Choosing a primary care doctor is one of the most important health decisions you will make on the road to optimal health. Recent research shows that having a strong relationship with your provider results in healthier outcomes. People who have a strong and trusting relationship with their primary care doctor generally report greater satisfaction with their care. Having good communication and collaboration with your doctor can help make sure you get the tests, screenings, and treatments you need.

Finding a new physician can seem daunting. You really do want the most qualified person to give you the highest level of care possible. Whether you are looking for a primary care physician or a new dentist, there is one place you can find the perfect physician for you and your family, is an amazing resource for families making medical decisions, like choosing a new doctor or choosing where to deliver a baby. You should be able to make fully informed healthcare choices for your family and you don’t have time to mess around on a bunch of different sites, digging for the information you desire. The information you find on is comprehensive and transparent. It is simple to search by name, specialty, and location for information, reviews, and more. The doctor reviews on CareDash focus on hospital and provider experience, quality, and satisfaction. You can trust what you read on because unlike other physician review sites, does not influence or suppress negative reviews in exchange for payment from providers. Yes, that really happens on other sites! Shocking! You will also see if doctors have malpractice claims and get vital information like their specialties, education, and hospital affiliation.

You can help others looking for physicians as well. Go to and review your own physicians.

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Ready to find the right physician for you and your family? Log on to and use these five helpful tips to find the right fit:

1. Check your insurance.

Use your insurance plan’s directory to find in-network providers.

2. Consider hospital affiliation.

Which doctor you choose can determine which hospital you go to for tests and treatments.

3. Consider doctor’s accessibility.

The ability to have quick access to your physician can be critical. When deciding on your doctor consider how close the doctor is to where you live, how long is acceptable for you to wait to get an appointment, whether you are okay with seeing a nurse practitioner, and whether you can communicate with your doctor via email if you have a non-urgent medical issue. If any of this is important to you, you will need to research the reviews or call up the office to find out whether this particular doctor and the staff are always easily accessible for patients.

4. Consider compatibility.

More than half of Americans focus on personality and relationship when choosing a physician, according to a 2014 survey from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

5. Complementary and alternative medicines.

Some physicians may be open to, or even encourage, using alternatives such as acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, biofeedback, and herbal medicines while others may not believe in them. Choosing a physician who you share similar beliefs with about alternative medicine may be beneficial for you. is so passionate about connecting with real moms and real families like you that they are hosting an amazing giveaway with Daily Mom to help you get connected with your own health! CareDash is giving away a Fitbit Flex 2 and a CareDash fleece to one lucky winner. Check out all the giveaway details in this post!

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References: Consumer Reports, FamilyDoctor.orgNational Institute on Aging, UnitedHealthcare 

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LaToya lives in Illinois with her husband of 19 years and their 2 teenage boys. She works full-time outside of the home while juggling all the last minute add-ons to the family calendar. When she is not attending one of her boy’s baseball or soccer games, she is completing one of many DIY projects that are lying around the house. Since obtaining her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from DePaul University this summer, she is looking forward to more free time to play around in her craft room, or “crap” room as her husband so affectionately refers to it.

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