Table 1

Two ‘best cancer doctor’ selection methodologies compared in this study

Selection by the media personnelSelection by the peer-evaluation system
MethodologyDo not have open, specified methodologyHave open, specified methodology
Probably through media personnel’s network or information searchSystematic peer review and endorsement through survey
Example‘This is world’s super doctor’ (Japan,   Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS))‘Best doctor in America’ (the USA, Best Doctors)
‘Fighting doctors, this is Japanese best doctor’ (Japan, Asahi TV)‘Best cancer doctor and hospital’(Korea, MK news media and Deloitte)
‘Best doctor’ (Korea, Educational Broadcasting System (EBS))