Avvo Inc., which operates a database that rates and profiles 90 percent of licensed attorneys in the United States, has launched a beta version of a similar physician directory with information on more than 800,000 MDs. Osteopaths (DOs) will be added in coming months.

The physician rating directory is advertiser-supported and free for physicians and patients. The rating of each physician is an assessment of the probability that a physician will handle a medical matter effectively, based on his or her resume, according to the Seattle-based company. The resume includes years of experience, hospital privileges, awards, residency, fellowships, and hospital ratings, among other information.

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