How do patients choose orthopedic surgeons?


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Patients choose orthopedic surgeons based on aspects such as board certification, hospital affiliation and compatibility, according to Consumer Reports. By asking for referrals from a primary care physician and ensuring a doctor has board certification, a patient is likely to find a good health care provider, explains About.com.

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How do patients choose orthopedic surgeons?
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Experience also factors into the choice of a physician. A patient may use a site such as Healthgrades to evaluate an orthopedic surgeon’s credentials, including his education and training, procedures performed, awards and recognition, sanctions, or malpractice, if any. The surgeon’s gender and accepted insurance tend to affect a patient’s choice. Board certification ensures the doctor has the relevant accreditation and that he engages in continuing education, notes Consumer Reports.

Hospital affiliation affects the quality of care that a patient receives, according to About.com. By comparing a hospital in which a doctor has admitting privileges with similar facilities, a patient can make an informed choice about his health, explains Consumer Reports.

A 2014 survey indicates patients have a high regard for a doctor’s personality in their choice of a physician, notes Consumer Reports. A patient should schedule an appointment with a prospective doctor to gauge his compatibility based on how he listens to the patient and explains diagnosis and treatment.

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