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How reliable are online patient reviews of doctors?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Generally poor: Consider how busy you are in life. Why take time to write a review? Because you had a bad experience with the dr or were told something you did not like to hear. If dr did great job, less likely to review, because that is "expected" care. So tend to reflect the upset few, rather than satisfied many.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Not reliable: At this early point in the development of online reviews of physicians it is unlikely that the reviews are representative. In general, very few patients write reviews and one cannot be sure that they are real "patients" rather than fakes. As the practice evolves, they may become more reliable. Right now, you can check with the appropriate medical board + state licensing board.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Unreliable: As a general rule, unreliable, and some information is woefully outdated. Some very good doctors that i know personally have bad reviews or no reviews at all. These sites are not reviewed for accuracy or completeness.

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