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Last-Modified: March 5, 1993

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           Frequently Asked Questions
              Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pediatrician

Collection maintained by: Lisa Chirlian (
Last updated: March 5, 1993

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1. Is the doctor late for the interview/meeting?

2. Do appointments consistently run late? (Ask parents in the waiting

3. Does she/he volunteer information or wait for questions?

4. How many doctors are there in the practice?

5. How long do they plan to continue at the current location?

6. Are there any plans to add (or remove) doctors from the practice?

7. What are the office hours?  Are there evening/weekend hours for
   sick kids?

8. How do they handle out-of-hours coverage?

9. Do they have a phone hour, when you can call with questions and
   speak with the doctor?

10. How do they feel about taking phone calls from concerned parents
    outside the "phone hour"?

11. What is the doctor(s) hospital affiliation?  Where would a child
    go in an emergency?

12. What are the doctor's views on breastfeeding and circumcision?
    Do they match your views? 

13. Does the doctor involve both parents equally? (as opposed to just
    speaking to the father(mother) as if the mother(father) wasn't
    there (assuming he/she is present)).

14. Does the doctor expect parents to be knowledgeable consumers or
    just accept anything she/he says?

15. What is the doctor's attitude toward both parents working (if
    they do)?

16. What is her/his view on treatment of sick kids?  Does she/he take an
    aggressive approach or does she/he "let nature take its course" before
    actively treating the child?

17. What are their standard procedures for healthy child checkups?
    Do they do a series of tests on the child's developmental status
    or just rely on what the parents say?

18. How much time do they schedule for a well-baby checkup?  (should
    be at least half an hour to allow time to answer parents'

19. How does the office work?
        - Do you like the nurses and staff?
        - Are there enough staff members?
        - Are there separate hours for sick kids and healthy kids?
        - Will the office take care of insurance billing?
        - What are their payment options?
        - Will they accept your insurance company's R&C as payment
          in full?

20. What's the waiting room like?
        - Are the sick and healthy kids kept apart?
        - Is it large and spacious -or- tiny and cramped?
        - Are there many easy-to-clean toys?  Are they clean?

21. Will the doctor be present at the birth?

22. How soon after birth will she/he see the baby?

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 Lisa Chirlian
 Department of Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

 Lisa Chirlian
 Department of Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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