Navigation Links
Physician review websites rely on few patient reviews
Date:1/2/2013

MAYWOOD, Il. - Millions of Americans read physician ratings on websites such as Healthgrades.com, but such ratings are based on scores from an average of only 2.4 patients, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found.

The study of 500 randomly selected urologists found that 79.6 percent of physicians were rated by at least one of the 10 free physician-review websites researchers examined. Eighty-six percent of physicians had positive ratings, with 36 percent receiving highly positive ratings. Healthgrades had the most physician ratings.

Results were published online ahead of print in the Journal of Urology.

"Consumers should be cautious when they look at these ratings," said first author Chandy Ellimoottil, MD. "Our findings suggest that consumers should take these ratings with a grain of salt."

Ellimoottil explained that because physicians typically receive so few ratings, a highly negative or highly positive score from just one or two patients could skew the physician's rating. "These sites have potential to help inform consumers," Ellimoottil said. "But the sites need more reviews to make them more reliable."

Half of Americans who go online for health information look up their providers and 40 percent use physician-review websites. But there have been few studies about such websites.

Ellimoottil, senior author Ahmer Farooq, DO and colleagues randomly selected 500 of the nation's 9,940 urologists for inclusion in the study, including 471 male and 29 female urologists from 39 states. On each website, the number of reviews per physician ranged from zero to 64, with the average 2.4.

Researchers found no statistically significant difference in the median number of reviews when gender, region and city size were compared.

Healthgrades posted reviews on 54 percent of physicians, followed in order by Vitals.com, 45 percent of physicians; Avvo.com, 39 percent; RateMDs.com, 25 percent; Drscore, 13 percent; Revolutionhealth.com, 5 percent; Kudzu.com and Healthcarereviews.com, 1 percent; and Zocdoc.com and Yelp.com, less than 1 percent.

Researchers also conducted a qualitative analysis of written comments posted on a single website, Vitals.com. Comments were rated extremely negative (such as "He needs to retire as he can barely walk"); negative; neutral; positive; or extremely positive (such as "One of the best checkups in a long time!!"). Three percent of these written comments were extremely negative, 22 percent were negative, 22 percent were neutral, 39 percent were positive and 14 percent were extremely positive.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Ritter
jritter@lumc.edu
708-216-2445
Loyola University Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Corporate Whistle Blower Center Now Urges Physicians, Medical Device or Drug Insiders With Proof A Company Knowingly Sold A Bad Product to Become a Whistleblower
2. Physicians Indemnity Risk Retention Group Unveils New Website
3. Physician Director of ICU Honored for Innovative Telemedicine Program at Healdsburg District Hospital
4. Physicians Employment adds Two New Members to its Team
5. Renaissance Physician Organization Leading Effort with Greater Houston Healthconnect to Enhance Care Coordination and Patient Outcomes
6. Carolina Women's Physicians Gives Key Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season
7. NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association Collaborating with NYS Academy of Family Physicians at Annual Winter Weekend Conference
8. ACP urges Congress to create solution to endless cycle of medical physician payment cuts
9. Should physicians prescribe cognitive enhancers to healthy individuals?
10. Mercy Health System Physician Reports on Important Steps To Take To Avoid Winter Sports Injuries
11. Cedars-Sinai physician-scientist awarded $3M to study most common inherited neurological disorder
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... Christie Medical ... in-kind gift of a VeinViewer® Vision vein finder for the nursing ... start an IV and draw blood, combining technology with traditional technique. , “VeinViewer ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... According to an article published February 4th ... significant portion of hernia repairs throughout the United States. Commenting on this article, Beverly ... that this trend has not only been expected, but it seems to be a ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The Lymphoma ... innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of ... South Florida’s philanthropic community at its 10th anniversary Fashion Luncheon on Monday, February ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... As a former television executive, owner Tal Rabinowitz ... no time to decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn to a casual meditation class while ... on her life, implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice with her team. After her tenure ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Service (WaaS), today announced the integration of Clarity Intelligence Platform (CIP) into Cielo®, ... to offer real-time business intelligence (BI) to their small and medium business (SMB) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARLZ ... Company will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell at the ... at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February ... Adrian Adams , will perform the honorary ... 4:00 p.m. ET.  A live webcast will be available ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , 12 februari 2016 AAIPharma ... toonaangevende leverancier van productie en ontwikkeling op ... kondigt vandaag een uitbreiding aan van steriele ... locatie in Charleston, SC ... tot meerdere recente investeringen. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150806/256637LOGO ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Ungarn, February 12, 2016 ... das sich auf den ungedeckten medizinischen Bedarf ... positive Ergebnisse seines klinischen Forschungsprogramms bekannt. Das ... beschäftigt, ergab Verbesserungen ihrer respiratorischen Funktionen und ... ltd , ein Medizintechnikunternehmen, das sich auf ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: