Here are factors to consider in selecting a doctor:
—Board certification — To help determine the quality of your doctor’s training, find out whether he or she is board certified. Doctors who are board certified have met specific requirements for advanced training. If a doctor cares for adults, he or she may be board certified in internal medicine or family medicine. If the doctor cares for children, he or she may be certified in pediatrics or family medicine. You can get more information about board certification by clicking here.
—Hospital affiliation — Find out which hospital your doctor uses. How easy is it to get to that hospital in an emergency? Have you or anyone you know received care at that hospital? If so, how was that experience?
—Associated health professionals — Today, most doctors are part of a group or team practice. What other health professionals are on staff? Physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, midwives, nutritionists, and physical therapists may be part of the practice.
Find out if any complementary and alternative practitioners, such as acupuncturists, or massage therapists, also belong to the group.
(Source: Harvard Medical School’s Consumer Health information, at www.intelihealth.com.)