How to Search on WebMD

Looking for information about something specific related to your health on WebMD?  WebMD offers tools that help you search for and narrow down what you want to find out about your well-being.  It can also help you find doctors, hospitals, or pharmacies in your area, so you'll know where else to go to get help with your medical needs.

How to search for information on WebMD

  1. Go to www.webmd.com in your web browser.

  2. Click in the bar that says "Search" at the top of the screen, and type in what you're looking for.  As you type, WebMD will give you suggestions concerning what you might be looking for.  Click a suggestion in the list that appears to search for that phrase, or click the search button () or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to search for exactly what you typed in.

  3. The most relevant results will appear at the top of the first page, with icons representing what kind of information each of them is (category hub, drug facts, community forum, multimedia aid, featured article, etc.).



    You can click one of the options under "Refine by Category" to see more specific results related to what you're looking for; more options may be at the bottom of the screen for this.

    You can also use the numbered bar in the top-right or bottom-right corners of the results window to switch between pages of results.  Clicking the left arrow takes you to the previous page, clicking the right arrow takes you to the next page, and clicking on a number takes you to that specific page.  The faintly-highlighted number shows you what page you're currently on.

    Click a result to go to the page on WebMD that corresponds to it.

  4. If you apply a category filter to your results (by clicking one of the options under "Refine by Category") and you want to go back and look for something else specific about your topic, click Undo.

How to search for a doctor, hospital, or pharmacy on WebMD

  1. Go to www.webmd.com in your web browser.  Underneath the "Search" bar, click Doctors.

  2. You can click in the box labelled "Search by Name or Speciality" and type in how you think the doctor's name is spelled, or what kind of medicine they specialize in (click Specialist Glossary if you're unfamiliar with the term for the kind of doctor you're looking for).  You can also click in the box labelled "Enter ZIP Code or City, State" and type in the mailing code or city for the area in which you're looking for a doctor.  Then click the Find Physician button once you have filled in either of these boxes.



    You can also click the options below these boxes to search for a physician by specialty and then area, or search for a general practitioner in an area.

  3. Once you are on the results page, you'll have a bunch of different options.  Click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn more about each one.
     

     

    Current Criteria

    This shows the current criteria for your search.  Click the "X" next to one to remove it from the current search.

     

    Sort

    Click this drop-down menu to sort the doctors listed in the results by their name, their distance from the area that you searched for, or the number of years that they've been practicing medicine.

     

    Map

    Click and hold the mouse button down, and then move your mouse around to move your view of the map.  You can also click the "+" or "-" buttons to zoom the map in or out, respectively.  Moving your mouse over a marker on the map will show you the physicians at that location.  Click a physician's name to get more information on them.

     

    Filter by Name

    Click a letter to see only doctors whose last names begin with that letter, or click All to see all doctors.

     

    Modify Search

    Click these options to add criteria for a physician to your search, including:

    - Their specialty
    - What types of health insurance they accept
    - Whether they are male or female
    - How far away they are from the area that you searched for
    - What medical procedures they can perform
    - How many years of experience they have as a doctor
    - Whether or not they're accepting new patients

    You can also click Clear to remove all additional criteria from your search.

     

    Physicians

    Click on a physician's information to see a more detailed profile of them.

  4. To search for a hospital or pharmacy instead, click Hospital Directory or Pharmacy Directory in the top-right corner.

  5. Like when searching for a doctor, you can click in the box labelled "Hospital/Pharmacy Name" and type in how you think the location's name is spelled.  You can also click in the box labelled "Enter ZIP Code or City, State" and type in the mailing code or city for the area in which you're looking for a hospital or pharmacy (this one is mandatory).  Then click the Find Hospital/Pharmacy button once you have filled in the second, or both, of these boxes.



    You can also use the buttons on the right-hand side to quickly switch to searching for a physician, a hospital (if you're currently searching for a pharmacy), or a pharmacy (if you're currently searching for a hospital).

  6. The results page for a hospital or pharmacy search is similar to that of a doctor search.
     


    On the left-hand side, you can modify your search criteria by specifying a maximum distance that the hospital/pharmacy can be from the general area that you specified.  Also, if you're searching for a pharmacy, you can filter your results based on if the pharmacy is open 24 hours a day, or has an on-site walk-in clinic.  Click Clear to get rid of all these extra criteria.

    In the middle, you can click the drop-down menu at the top to switch between sorting your results by name or by distance from the area that you specified.  Click on a result to take you to a page with more information about that result.  You can also click the arrows or numbers at the bottom to go to a previous or next page of results, or go to a specific page.

    On the right-hand side, you can move the map around and zoom it in or out to see results in the area that you specified.  Moving your mouse cursor over a marker will display the result that is located there; clicking on it will take you to a page with more information about that result.

Those are the essentials to knowing how to search for something on WebMD!

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