According to a survey of physician executives, doctors are still highly skeptical of online ratings from patients and don't think many patients consult them—but most acknowledge that they have checked out their own profiles.
The American College of Physician Executives sent the survey (PDF) to more than 5,600 of its almost 11,000 members, with about 730 responding in October and November last year.
Only 21% believed that more than half of U.S. patients consulted an online-rating site, with 55% believing only one-quarter of patients or fewer had done so. That said, 69% of survey respondents acknowledged seeing what had been said about them online.
Of those, the most-viewed site was Healthgrades.com, which had been visited by 89% of respondents; Vitals.com was a distant second and was visited by 33% of the respondents. These were followed by AngiesList.com, visited by 19%; Yelp.com, 13%; and DoctorScorecard.com and RateMDs.com, which were both visited by 9% of respondents.