Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Online Physician Rating and Ranking Services are Biased and Unreliable

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A study of online physician review, rating and ranking services such as Angie’s List, healthgrades.com, RateMds.com, Vitals.com, and Yelp.com by professors of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota found that they are biased and unreliable. This is particularly worrisome as physician ratings are gaining popularity among patients and an increasing number of patients consult these rankings before making an appointment to see a prospective surgeon. According to a 2010 Pew Internet and Life Project survey,  59% of U.S. adults have looked online for health information.

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