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Research Letter |

Analysis of Online Ratings of Dermatologists

Christie Riemer, BS1; Monica Doctor, MA2; Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH3,4,5
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1Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids
2University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando
3Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
4Dermatology Service, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver
5Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(2):218-219. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4991.
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This study analyzes mean ratings of a representative sample of dermatologists on 5 popular online physician rating sites.

Online physician rating sites (PRSs) allow patients to recommend, grade, and publicly comment on physician performance. In 2015, PRSs experienced up to 6.4 million hits.1 Despite increases in the popularity of PRSs, little information exists regarding the online ratings of dermatologists. We investigated the patterns of ratings of dermatologists on commonly used PRSs to better understand the information available to patients online. We hypothesized that the mean online ratings for dermatologists are high, consistent with ratings reported in the literature for other subspecialties.2

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