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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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