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American Society of Plastic Surgeons Develops “Real Patient Ratings”

Ava Lawson | April 16, 2013 | Posted in Body, Skin Care

Have you been searching for the best New York City plastic surgeon – one with impeccable patient reviews? In this computer age it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find authentic information online, especially when it comes to cosmetic surgery and ratings proffered by “real” patients. Good news is on the way for those who feel overwhelmed by the information overload on the World Wide Web. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has recently joined forces with RealPatientRatings, a site that gathers honest patient feedback, so that consumers can make more informed decisions.

Patient reviews may help in selecting your New York City plastic surgeon

Regarding the collaborative effort, ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD said, “The Internet is essential to helping plastic surgeons make a good first impression on potential patients, but unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find credible online reviews…RealPatientRatings will provide ASPS Member Surgeons with meaningful online feedback to influence practice changes that enhance patient satisfaction. We’re excited to add them to our elite group of endorsed businesses that help our members better serve patients.”

The news sounds encouraging for anyone considering cosmetic surgery in Manhattan, but how will the website collect this critical information? According to the ASPS, RealPatientRatings uses anonymous surveys that are completed voluntarily. The survey will contain crucial feedback from patients who have undergone cosmetic surgery, and who have opted to detail their genuine experiences with the surgeon. The ASPS hopes that participating plastic surgeons will use this data and authentic feedback to help improve their practice and levels of patient satisfaction. The published reviews are valid as the surgeons cannot elect which patients will be surveyed, nor can they edit or censor their comments. RealPatientRatings founder Marie Olesen says of their service, “prospective patients can read reviews and see ratings from others who have already visited the surgeon they are considering.”  The authentic reviews will be available both on RealPatientReviews and on participating doctors´websites.

The ASPS says that the average plastic surgeon visits with more than 1,000 patients each year, and yet only a handful of these doctors have published a substantial number of credible online reviews. With this new system in place, more patients may feel like they can trust what they read online before making a decision.

Contemplating cosmetic surgery in Manhattan?

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  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news-and-resources/asps-teams-with-real-patient-ratings-review-service.html
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