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More parents turning to online reviews for doctors
San Francisco Chronicle

Americans turn to online reviews to decide which gadget to buy, which restaurant to dine in and — increasingly — which doctor to visit. A new study in the journal Pediatrics reveals that almost three-quarters of parents are aware of physician-rating websites, but just more than one-quarter have used the sites to choose their children’s pediatrician. Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed more than 1,600 parents nationwide and found that mothers are more likely than fathers to value physician-review sites, which include Healthgrades, Vitals.com and Angie’s List.

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