Consumers face confusion with growth of doctor-rating Web sites

06/8/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

More than 40 Web sites allow patients to rate physicians based on personal experiences, and dozens of local online communities have forums where people regularly discuss health care providers. However, many groups don't verify the information. Experts say more reliable sources for recommendations are friends and family, insurance companies, and organizations and state agencies that provide online profiles based on practice data.

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