It is possible to find a reputable neurologist by consulting other health care professionals, a primary care provide or a local hospital, or by getting referrals from an insurance plan, suggests Consumer Reports. Consumer websites provide patient ratings and reviews of physicians, but the quality of information on these sites is difficult to evaluate, states the New York Times.
Asking a trusted friend or family member who is a health care professional is a place to begin searching for a doctor, according to Consumer Reports. A primary care physician can also make referrals to specialists and coordinate the overall care of a patient. In addition, most insurance plans provide a list of participating specialists. While this doesn't necessarily reflect the reputation of a particular doctor, it does ensure that the listed provider accepts that insurance.
Choosing a neurologist can determine the hospital in which a patient receives care, states Consumer Reports. Researching the quality of the hospital to which they admit patients can provide insight into the quality of the doctor.
Health care consumer websites offer patient ratings and reviews, but this information is subjective and its accuracy is difficult to verify. However, sites like these can provide valuable information such as whether or not a doctor is board-certified in their specialty, according to the New York Times.