Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from physicians who are looking to work with Best Doctors.
How does Best Doctors work?
Our consultation process works like this:
A patient who is facing a challenging clinical case contacts Best Doctors
Our team collects all relevant case information and creates a clinical summary, and an in-house team of physicians review the medical records and draft key questions pertaining to the case
The selected Best Doctors Expert reviews the records and creates a detailed report, grounded in evidence-based medicine
The patient shares the Best doctors report with their treating physician as an additional tool in their care plan
Is Best Doctors a list company?
No. For more than 28 years, Best Doctors has conducted one of the largest, ongoing peer physician surveys within health care to identify the doctors other doctors trust most. Best Doctors maintains its proprietary database—free from commercial and financial bias.
How does Best Doctors determine who to include on its database?
Every two years, Best Doctors undertakes the largest, continuous-peer survey of the medical profession to develop its database. Voting doctors are asked “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to which you would refer them?”
How do you decide which doctors to survey?
The unique strength of the Best Doctors survey is that only the best may participate; only current Best Doctors and other highly recommended specialists receive our survey to nominate and vote.
How do you know you've found the best doctors?
Best Doctors has proprietary software that analyses the surveys and provides an aggregate score for each physician. This yields a preliminary set of doctors who meet the initial criteria for inclusion. These physicians are then checked for licensure, certification and disciplinary actions.
We have developed a system for screening doctors that is unmatched for its rigour and accuracy. Furthermore, the doctors’ surveys are confidential.
Once a Best Doctor is selected, does he or she remain on the list forever?
No, our peer review process requires that every listed Best Doctor be re-evaluated by their peers in each biennial poll.
Can a physician or his or her hospital pay to on the Best Doctors database?
Doctors and hospitals cannot pay to be listed, nor do we pay them to participate in the poll. Only doctors who earn peer consensus and meet the inclusion criteria are selected for the Best Doctors network.
What are the benefits of being recognized as a Best Doctor physician?
Recognition of, and association with, some of the best specialists in their country and around the world.
The potential to collaborate in the preparation of second medical opinions if requested by Best Doctors and to receive remuneration on a case by case basis.
The enhancement of medical practice by receiving clinical cases in one’s own specialty and subspecialty with expertise from international Best Doctors.
The opportunity to improve the overall quality of health care in the UK but also of individuals overseas who could benefit from superior clinical ability, expertise and service.
How do doctors feel about the survey?
The medical community has been very supportive over the years we’ve administered our survey both in the US and in other parts of the world. We see a continuous overall increase of specialists that participate in the surveys and in the amount of specialists that are elected by their peers to form part of the Best Doctors database of experts.