Doctors are concerned about the growth of physician rating websites, which they say can lack accountability and opportunities for doctors to defend themselves. However, a recent study finds that online reviews of physicians generally are positive.
Currently, more than 50 websites allow patients to post online reviews of their physicians, according to Guodong Gordon Gao, co-director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the University of Maryland School of Business.
While some sites rate physicians in multiple categories, others assign letter grades to physicians based on patient reviews. Some sites allow patients to rate individual physicians anonymously.
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