Here are some steps to find a good board certified allergy specialist that you trust:
When you start searching for an allergist/immunologist, it’s important to make sure you find a doctor you are comfortable with and you can trust
We recommend that patients looking for a specialist do the following:
- Search online for information about the doctors you are considering and ask people you trust for names of physicians they recommend.
- Visit Certification Matters and enter your doctor’s name to determine if he or she is board-certified. This is a service that allows you to see if a specific doctor is certified.
- If you don’t already have a doctor in mind, search the Certification Matters site by city, state, zip code for the nearest board-certified specialists.
- Call and ask questions, or schedule a face-to-face visit. You may get charged for an office visit, but it will be worth it for the peace of mind it can provide. Ask if the doctor will be involved in your care (this goes for any specialty, not just allergists). Ask if he or she is board certified in allergy, asthma and immunology. Write down questions you may have regarding treatment, insurance, visits, etc.
We know there are myriad options for patients seeking healthcare providers and there are many qualified professionals available to help. However, when you visit a physician who is board certified in his or her area of expertise, you can be certain you are receiving care from a physician who has attained the pinnacle of medical education in that field . This isn’t only our opinion; studies show this as well.
A 2010 study showed that specialty board certifications were associated with lower patient mortality and shorter hospital stays (across all specialties). This study adds to more evidence that having a board certified specialist improves patient outcomes.
We’d like to share a couple of quotes before closing with which we fully agree.
This first comes from Rebecca Howell, Ph.D:
“To patients, board certification ensures a certain level of quality in the people who are going to be overseeing their care. I personally view it as a gold standard in terms of education, training and continuing of education.”
And this quote from Dr. Neri Cohen, board-certified thoracic surgeon:
“Knowing that board certification is a living, ongoing process, and not a one-time exercise, will reassure patients that the quality oversight process is timely and continuous.”
If you are planning to see a physician for allergy or asthma relief, it’s worthwhile to verify that the physician is a board-certified allergist certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
Because allergies, asthma and immunodeficiencies are the only diseases allergists diagnose and treat, they have the most experience and are best equipped to make recommendations for the succinct allergy, asthma, or immunotherapy treatments for children and adult patients.They also can also educate patients on ways to prevent their symptoms and how to limit their exposure to allergens, which translates to less the severe reactions and decreased need for medications.
If you are seeking a board certified allergist and asthma specialist in Jacksonville, FL consider contacting us – the Allergy and Asthma Specialists of North Florida. Our physicians, Patrick DeMarco, M.D., Thomas Lupoli D.O., are board-certified allergists with years of experience in the care of adult and pediatric allergy and asthma conditions.