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Study: Online ratings fail to correlate with quality measures

Researchers found no correlation in a comparison of 78 specialist reviews on five online ratings sites with a group of internal quality measures, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Co-author Dr. Brennan Spiegel, a gastroenterologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the research was conducted, said the study does not mean there is no value to online ratings, but suggests patients should not confuse the ratings with actual technical skill.

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