How do parents choose their children’s doctor?

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March 6, 2013
Choosing a doctor for your children

In the digital age, ratings and reviews are an easy way for people to research products and services. Rating websites are available for restaurants, movies, books – and even doctors.

But how much do doctor rating websites influence parents in their decisions about choosing a doctor for their children? According to the results of our latest NPCH Report, many parents think word of mouth from family and friends is more important than a doctor’s rating online. However, younger parents (under age 30) were more likely to say that online doctor ratings are a very important factor when it comes to choosing a doctor for their children. Read the full report: How to select a child’s doctor? Parents prefer grapevine to online.

Parents' Opinions on Important Factors in Selecting a Doctor for their Children

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To hear more about how parents choose a doctor for their children, watch this short video with Dr. Matt Davis and Dr. David Hanauer, both primary care pediatricians. What factors are most important for you when it comes to choosing a doctor for your children? Do you ever use rating websites? Let us know in the comments!


Submitted by on

Helpful info graph. It seems health insurance coverage will most influence a parent when selecting a pediatrician for their child. Thanks for sharing.

Submitted by Pediatrician in... on

Thank you for sharing. Rating websites can greatly impact how people will choose a family doctor.

Submitted by Lauren Jones on

We recently moved to a new area because of a change in my husband's job, and I am looking to find a good doctor for our children. It is good to know that one should find someone who accepts our health insurance and who is conveniently located. I also like what was said about how it is important to look at online doctor ratings before selecting. We will keep this in mind as we look, thanks.

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