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Choosing a doctor: an exploratory study of factors influencing patients' choice of a primary care doctor.
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PMID:  11083036     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We assessed the relative importance healthcare consumers attach to various factors in choosing a primary care doctor (PCD) in a cross-sectional, in-person survey. Three survey locations were used: doctors' offices, a public shopping area, and meetings of a women's organization. A total of 636 community residents, varying across major demographic categories, participated. Participants completed a 23-item survey, designed to assess which factors consumers perceive as most relevant in choosing a PCD. Participants perceived professionally relevant factors (e.g. whether the doctor is board certified, office appearance) and management practices (e.g. time to get an appointment, evening and weekend hours) as more important than the doctor's personal characteristics (race, age, gender, etc.). Participants' own characteristics bore little relationship to the perceived importance of doctor characteristics. Factors patients perceive as most important to their choice of a PCD are also those that have the greatest effect on the quality of healthcare they will receive. However, they do not always have access to this information. A better understanding of the factors that influence people's choice of a PCD can contribute to efforts to provide them with the resources to make well-informed decisions in selecting among healthcare options.
B H Bornstein; D Marcus; W Cassidy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of evaluation in clinical practice     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1356-1294     ISO Abbreviation:  J Eval Clin Pract     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-21     Completed Date:  2001-01-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609066     Medline TA:  J Eval Clin Pract     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  255-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Decision Making*
Health Care Surveys
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
Physician-Patient Relations
Physicians, Family / classification,  standards*
Sampling Studies
United States

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