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When does a second opinion make sense?

No Rhode Island resident wants to receive a bleak medical diagnosis. Similarly, nobody wants to have a potentially serious condition overlooked, only to worsen for lack of proper and prompt treatment. These are just some of the types of medical errors that may lead to injury or even death. While it seems that the media continually offers some report of medical negligence, how can you feel secure in the safety and reliability of your health care today?

The Center for Advancing Health indicates that seeking a second opinion can be a very important way of protecting against potential medical errors. Obtaining additional input may help by confirming an original diagnosis or by identifying an originally missed condition. Second opinions may also be highly beneficial ways of getting different options for the treatment of a particular condition. Having more than one treatment can allow patients to choose the one that they are most comfortable with.

It is understandable that a patient may feel hesitant to tell a doctor of a wish for another opinion. Fears of hurt feelings or causing offense may crop up. Telling a doctor that a relative is lobbying for more information may give people the ability to ask for that second opinion with more confidence. Reputable physicians should welcome this level of proactivity and may even be able to be referral sources for second opinions.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about when, why, and how to seek a second medical opinion in Rhode Island.



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