How Do "Physician Compare" Websites Affect Orthopaedic Practice?

With the current focus on patient satisfaction  and the consumer-driven healthcare economy, a number of independent websites  enable patients to rate individual physicians whom they encounter. The impact  of these websites on orthopaedic practice is continuing to be elucidated. Many  for-profit websites compare and contrast individual physicians and surgeons.  This article reviews some of the most well-known physician comparison websites  and examines their implications for practice.

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