Paging Dr. Right: Tips on finding the right doctor

Finding a good doctor used to be as simple as asking friends or family for a recommendation.

These days, of course, there is also a glut of online information about doctors and you can do your own research. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, almost one in five adults (17 percent) have consulted online rankings or reviews when shopping around for a doctor.

But here’s the problem with that: “It’s hard to find reliable, easy-to-understand information about specific doctors or practices,” Doris Peter, PhD, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said in a recent Consumer Reports piece. “Sure, you can check out physician reviews on sites such as Yelp and Angie’s List, but do you really want to find a doctor the same way you do a restaurant or plumber? Probably not.”

So, what is the best way to find Dr. Right? We culled advice from a few…

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