Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: I am concerned that the unpublished
Gallup poll regarding public perception of board certification presented by
Dr Brennan and colleagues1 may have had biased
responses, depending on the wording of the questions. For example, one would
expect patients to respond affirmatively when asked if board certification
was important to them in selecting a physician. Similarly, most patients would
rank highly the importance of a physician having current knowledge. More compelling
would be an open-ended request that patients list things important to them
in a physician, without specifically mentioning board certification. It may
well be that most patients care far more about bedside manner, wait times,
or ease of scheduling.
Lang T. Physician Specialty Board Certification. JAMA. 2004;292(24):2972-2974. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2973-a