Healthgrades is a national database that includes consumer ratings for individual doctors by name, condition the doctor treats or procedures the doctor performs. The site also has ratings for dentists and hospitals.
To find ratings for doctors and other care providers, Healthgrades.com allows a consumer to search online for detailed information at Healthgrades.com. The search is filtered by location so that local providers are easily located, explains Healthgrades. A name search brings up data about an provider when his name is entered into the search bar. If a specialty or procedure is being sought, a search under the specific category provides a list of caregivers who provide the needed service.
Each provider has a Patient Satisfaction rating from one to five stars, with the number of responses indicated, notes Healthgrades. The provider is also rated under several categories, such as level of trust in the provider's decisions and his skills in the explanation of medical conditions, listening to patients, answering questions and time spent with patients.