"The results of this study show the criteria currently used by consumers in choosing a physician are poor proxies for clinical quality and thus not well suited for use by patients."
According to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine*, if you want to know the quality of care you might receive from a physician -
- Giving the right medication
- Recommending the right treatment plan and/or follow-up
- Recommending the right treatment plan
then you should avoid the uninformative and potentially misleading ratings that rely on:
- Board certification status
- US or international medical school
- History of disciplinary or malpractice action
*R. O. Reid, M. W. Friedberg, J. L. Adams et al., "Associations Between Physician Characteristics and Quality of Care," Archives of Internal Medicine, September 13, 2010 170(16):1442–49.