How do you know if you should get a second opinion?
Getting a Second Opinion
- You want to know every possible choice for treatment.
- Your doctor is not sure what is wrong with you.
- You have a rare or unusual diagnosis.
- You think another treatment might be available.
- Your doctor is not a specialist in your condition.
Is it worth getting a second opinion?
If you’re hesitating to see a second doctor about that diagnosis you just received, here’s some news that might make your decision easier: Up to 88% of patients seeking a second opinion receive a new or refined diagnosis, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic.
How do I talk to my doctor about a second opinion?
How should I ask a doctor for a second opinion? Be as direct and unemotional as possible. Tell the second doctor that you want an appraisal of the diagnosis you’ve been given and the treatment that’s been proposed. Bring the results, including tests, from your original consultation.
Should I get a second opinion on a bipolar diagnosis?
A patient who’s not confident with their psychiatrist’s diagnosis usually results in a lack of confidence in the medicine that has been prescribed. This becomes particularly relevant with complex conditions like bipolar II. If a single consultation leaves you feeling doubtful, a second opinion is highly advised.
Is getting a second opinion rude?
Asking for a second opinion might be interpreted as a loss of confidence in the physician. “I don’t want to be perceived as a difficult patient or appear rude.” Patients want the doctor to feel good about them and don’t want to potentially damage the relationship. “My doctor’s office is so busy.
When to seek a second opinion from a doctor?
Many times, your current doctor will be happy to recommend someone. If you are unsure what to do next in your treatment, you should be recommending a second opinion automatically.” You also can seek out a second opinion on your own. This is your choice, so don’t feel bad about looking for additional support in feeling confident about your care.
How to get a second opinion about cancer?
Let your doctor know if you want to get a second opinion. Most doctors understand the value of a second opinion, and they are not offended when a patient wants one. They may even be able to recommend another doctor. The following are some other possible resources for finding an oncologist:
Do you have the right to a second opinion?
You do not have a right to a second opinion, but you can ask for one. This section will also look at what your options are if you ask for a second opinion and do not get one. This section is for people with a diagnosed mental health condition and their carers. In this section ‘your doctor’ means your GP or psychiatrist.
Where can I get a second opinion about my mental health?
If you are with a mental health team such as a community mental health team (CMHT) you can ask your usual contact person there. If you are not with a mental health team you can ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist. You normally have to wait to see a psychiatrist. Waiting times can vary around the country.