Background: Public domain physician review websites (PRWs) and personal websites are extremely popular measures that patients use to evaluate physicians before receiving care. Few studies have examined how orthopedic surgeons are rated on PRWs and personal websites. This study examines the online ratings of hip and knee replacement subspecialists. Methods: The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) fellow's ratings were examined from October 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018, on Healthgrades.com, Vitals.com, RateMDs.com, Google.com, and personal websites. Number of responses and average ratings (0.0-5.0) were recorded, along with provider gender, years in practice (0-10, 11-20, and 21+), practice type (academic, private), geographic region (NE, SE, MW, SW, W), degree (MD, DO), and fellowship training (yes, no). The Kruskal-Wallis testing was performed to determine factors affecting positive surgeon ratings. Results: 98.3% (483) of 490 AAHKS surgeons were rated at least once. No significant differences in average ratings were identified between websites. Surgeons in practice 1-10 years had significantly higher ratings than those in practice 11-20 and 21+ years (P < .01). Fellowship-trained surgeons in practice 1-10 years also showed significantly higher ratings. No differences in average ratings were found between gender, practice type, and geographic region. Conclusions: AAHKS surgeons have high average ratings and are rated online frequently. Surgeons in practice 1-10 years had statistically higher overall average ratings. Adult reconstruction fellowship training was also associated with higher average ratings for surgeons in practice 1-10 years. Public domain PRWs and personal websites showed no difference in average ratings.
- online ratings
- patient attitudes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine