WASHINGTON (July 20, 2014) Being licensed and likable doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices, but consumers aren't sure how to uncover much more, according to a new poll that found that just 22 percent are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 6 in 10 people say they trust doctor recommendations from friends or family, and nearly half value referrals from their regular physician.
But the poll found far fewer trust quality information from online patient reviews, health insurers, ratings web sites, the media, even the government.
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