The Best Doctors Poll

The Best Doctors Poll

The Doctors Other Doctors Trust Most

Since 1989, Best Doctors has conducted one of the largest ongoing peer physician polls in health care to identify the physicians other physicians trust most. We start by asking: “If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

All listed Best Doctors have received a consensus of their peer physicians support. Once a physician receives consensus, s/he is researched and verified for clinical activity, licensure and disciplinary actions.

A selected Best Doctor doesn’t remain in the database forever. The peer-review process requires that every listed Best Doctor physician be re-evaluated by their peers in each poll. Best Doctors does not pay physicians to be included in the database, nor can physicians or their organizations pay Best Doctors. A physician cannot apply to become a Best Doctors physician. The only way for a physician to be selected to the database is to be nominated by and then receive voting consensus from Best Doctors physicians.

As a result, Best Doctors has a proprietary, global database of expert physicians — free from commercial and financial bias – numbering more than 50,000 in over 450 specialties and subspecialties.

Best Doctors is not a list company and does not publish a directory of the database.

 


 

Why Best Doctors is Unique

  • The large pool of voting physicians helps eliminate the biases of smaller-scale surveys and the potential distortion that results from a random survey of the entire physician community.
  • Best Doctors never accepts compensation of any kind from physicians or hospitals in return for listing physicians in the database, nor does Best Doctors pay physicians to participate in the poll.
  • A physician cannot apply to become a Best Doctor. The only way to be selected to the database is to be nominated and voted on by other Best Doctors physicians.
  • No one is a Best Doctors physician for life. Each must be re-selected in each subsequent poll.
  • Best Doctors is not a list company and does not publish a directory of the database.
  • Best Doctors verifies all physicians in its database for clinical activity and medical license.
  • Best Doctors develops and maintains detailed profiles of each physician in the database through in-depth, ongoing research. The profile includes education and training, diagnoses and procedures in the doctor’s expertise, publications, special areas of medical research and experience and board certifications.

Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards, survey methodology and processes.

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