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New Study: Attributes Used in Choosing Doctors Not Tied to Clinical Quality

Much of the information available to patients when they are selecting physicians is not predictive of the quality of care those doctors deliver, a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study finds. Published in the latest Archives of Internal Medicine, the study finds that such physician attributes as medical school attended, years of experience, and malpractice claims—which consumers are often encouraged to use in choosing doctors—do not correlate with good-quality care.

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