Health and Safety

Getting to the Right Diagnosis Starts with the Right Doctor

May 1, 2017  
By Ariana Colozzo

Many patients struggle with misdiagnosis—in fact, a study just released by the Mayo Clinic reported 21 percent of patients received a completely new diagnosis when they got a second opinion, and another 66 percent received an altered diagnosis.

There are many barriers to diagnostic accuracy, like time pressures on physicians, availability of specialists and fragmented care. That’s why it’s crucial for patients to find the doctor right for them and their condition. The best physicians are:
•    Board-certified and up-to-date on the latest medical research.
•    Published in prominent medical journals.
•    Affiliated with centers of excellence in the medical world.
•    Recognized by other physicians for their expertise in a specialty.
•    Open to partnering with other physicians to best serve their patients.

Best Doctors has an unparalleled process that enables us to add only the best minds in medicine to our database. We start by asking, “If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, who would you refer them to?” In this way, we get the doctors other doctors trust most. Each nominated physician is voted on by thousands of other doctors across the country—and only those who receive enough votes across a diverse geographic area are considered. Then, we ensure each physician meets our strict standards before adding them to the database.

As a result, we work with thousands of world-leading physicians representing nearly every specialty and subspecialty that are up-to-date on the latest medical advances, allowing our members more than just a fresh set of eyes. With such a large pool of experts to pull from, each of our members can be matched to an expert who specializes in their specific condition, no matter where the member or expert is located.

By combining our technological innovations and experienced clinical staff with the top medical talent, Best Doctors is working to solve these issues in health care, ensuring each member has the right diagnosis and treatment and each organization can effectively support its population. Learn more at bestdoctors.com.

May 1, 2017

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