Like ’em or not, they’re here to stay. Reviews of these sites are being index by Google, so physicians should pay attention to them:
The “electronic medical grapevine,” to coin a term, is growing in importance. In 2001, the American Medical Association issued a press release suggesting that patients make a New Year’s resolution to “trust your physician, not a chat room.” As with much other New Year’s advice, this proffered piece of wisdom went unheeded. Today, online doctor ratings have become an integral part of an effort to intensify the interactivity of health care sites and thereby make them more attractive to users.
(via Our Own System)