What type of information do patients find valuable when choosing a family physician? At a suburban Midwestern clinic, 221 adults rated the value of 12 demographic items and eight attributes pertaining to physicians. Of the demographic information, board certification was most valued by respondents; all personal attributes listed were rated very highly. Although 44% of women preferred a female physician, 93% of women agreed that, in general, male and female family physicians are equally competent. In summary, a physician's personal attributes and characteristics are of most importance to consumers when choosing a family physician. With the exception of board certification status, information about a physician's training or demographics is of much less value to patients. In addition, the information identified as most important in the survey is not typically provided by managed care organizations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Dec 1998|