Saturday, July 30, 2011

What if the Second Opinion differs from the First?

What course of action should the patient adopt if the second opinion differs from the first? Such a situation can be very confusing. Consequently, the patient needs to do a good deal more homework before making a decision. It would be worthwhile to get a family physician (preferably one who has no vested interest in the matter) to advise you. It would also be prudent to discuss the differences in the two opinions with the concerned doctors, so that they can explain and justify the reasons for the discrepancies in their diagnoses or plan of treatment. Remember that it's your body which has to bear the consequences and you need to make your own decisions intelligently. It would be highly sensible to ascertain your options in advance, rather than to burn your fingers and then regret your actions later on!

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