During 2002 and 2003, researchers at the non-profit advocacy organization FACCT—the Foundation for Accountability (no longer in existence)—assessed the feasibility of using data from on-line patient surveys to create a valid assessment of physicians' performance. The research team collected and analyzed data from two main sources:
The project was the third phase of a five-phase research project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed to test, refine and validate this Internet-based health information survey tool for consumers, called "CompareYourCare"™.
As reported to RWJF:
In a report to RWJF, project researchers stated the following conclusions regarding the future use of a patient survey to develop quality of care profiles for individual doctors: