Hospital and physician rating websites: Ethical challenges without context

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You are on call for the geriatric primary care practice. You receive a call from an anxious sounding daughter that her mother, your patient, has fallen. From the description, it sounds as if the patient has a fractured hip. The daughter asks you which hospital emergency room to go to and you pause. You cover two hospitals and could see your patient as a consultant in either place. Hospital A has a one-star rating on Healthgrades for hip fracture. Hospital B has a five-star rating. Which hospital would you suggest to the daughter? Is this a difficult choice? The daughter states that she has already looked at Healthgrades and Zocdoc but, as her mother's long-time physician, she values your input in making this decision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthical Considerations and Challenges in Geriatrics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319440842
ISBN (Print)9783319440835
StatePublished - Jan 31 2017

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  • Medicine(all)


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