Board of Registration in Medicine Physician Profiles

This database of information about the education, training and experience of all licensed physicians in Massachusetts can help you choose a doctor.

Check Professional Licensing

Check the license for other allied health professionals, such as social workers, chiropractors, and acupuncturists, in Massachusetts.

Hospital Compare

Free hospital comparisons from Medicare based on surveys of patient experiences. Includes volume of certain procedures, death and readmission rates.

Nursing Home Compare

Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.


See how each hospital in Massachusetts meets agreed-upon guidelines for 26 different measures relating to things such as fall prevention and surgical infection. Also includes staffing reports.

Leapfrog Group

Ratings from a non-profit advocacy group on patient safety.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers tips on communicating with your health care team, including help creating a list of questions

Understanding Medical Words

This interactive tutorial from the National Library of Medicine will teach you about medical words you may hear during appointments

Seniors: Talking with Your Doctor

Information and videos for older adults about talking with your doctor

Parents: Talking to Your Child's Doctor

The Nemours Foundation gives the best ways to communicate your questions and concerns to your child's health care team

Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Tips

Tips from the American Academy of Family Physicians on communicating with your doctor if you are deaf or hard of hearing