Second Opinion during COVID Times
My virtual hospital provides you a platform to seek a second opinion from anywhere in India. We must accept that reach to the best possible health care infrastructure and expertise is limited in our country. Even in big cities sometimes you may not find the correct solution to your complex medial problem We are here to help.
What is a second opinion?
Second opinion inpatient care is a review of the patient’s data including the investigations done by an independent clinician or team of the clinician to make sure that diagnosis and the treatment planned are going on the right track.
Why do we need a second opinion?
People make mistakes every day, and doctors are not immune to this fact. The other aspect of inpatient management is that approach to the same clinical scenario may vary from doctor to doctor. Some doctors are more conservative while others tend to be more aggressive. So their findings and recommendations can vary dramatically. For this reason, more and more patients are getting second opinions after a diagnosis. Your doctor makes a diagnosis of cancer or identifies a rare disease or advice a surgical treatment there are many benefits to getting a second opinion You want to make sure that by taking a second opinion you get peace of mind and confirmation to a new diagnosis or a different treatment plan.
Even if your second opinion just confirms what you already know, it can still be beneficial. Afterward, you will know that you have done everything you can to ensure that you have the correct diagnosis and a treatment plan that feels right to you. Some times a second opinion can offer insight into additional treatment options that the first doctor may not have mentioned. As a result, you become more informed about what is available to you and can make an educated decision about your health care and your treatment plan.
What Does Research Say About Second Opinions?
A 2017 study of 286 patients conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that as many as 88% of patients looking for a second opinion will leave the office with a new or refined diagnosis. Meanwhile, 21% of the people will leave with a “distinctly different” diagnosis. Conversely, the study, which was published in 2017 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, discovered that 12% of patients will learn that the original diagnosis was correct. This means that one out of every five patients they saw was incorrectly diagnosed.1?
Meanwhile, a controversial study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2016 says that medical errors should rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, further supporting the need for second opinions. In their study, they estimated that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors, making errors the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. But they claim these errors are not accurately documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When Should You Get a Second Opinion?
You do not need to go for a second opinion in all the cases. But whenever you are not satisfied with the answers you have got or you want peace of mind getting a second opinion may be the best course of action. What's more, if the two doctors you see vastly disagree, then it might be wise to get a third opinion. Keep in mind, too, that the second opinion is not necessarily the right opinion. The key is to keep digging until the diagnosis and treatment make sense to you:
- Get a second opinion if the recommended treatment is risky, involves surgery, is invasive, or has lifelong consequences. The treatment options should be given to you and the treatment you choose is your choice. So whenever you are given a treatment option where there is a significant risk involved it’s a good idea to discuss it with an independent expert.
- Get a second opinion if you have undergone treatment but you do not find any improvement in your condition. No one knows your body better than you do. And if your symptoms persist even after treatment, it may be time to seek the advice of different doctors and specialists. Remember, the only way you are going to get the treatment that works is if you get the right diagnosis. So if you are not feeling better and your symptoms are not going away, do not settle for that. Reach out to other doctors for their opinions.
- Get a second opinion if you are diagnosed with a rare disease. Sometimes diseases are so rare that there is very little research behind them. There are nearly 7,000 known rare disorders with more discovered each year according to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. Because there is so little information available regarding rare diseases and disorders, it is important to do your research, because the risk of misdiagnosis is significant. This will help ensure that you are getting the best treatment possible for your condition.
- Get a second opinion if you are diagnosed with cancer. With something as serious as cancer, having the input from another expert simply makes sense. Not only can a cancer diagnosis be confusing and overwhelming, but it also is a life-changing event. Continued advances have made cancer more treatable than in the past, but there are also many more treatment options and more complicated procedures. Advances in Genomics, Genetics, Immunotherapy, Stem Cells, and Precision Medicine are continuing at a rapid pace. Getting a second opinion will help you understand these options and help you make an informed decision about which is best for you.
- Get a second opinion if you are not comfortable with the diagnosis or the recommended treatment, get a second opinion. Trust your gut and gather more information. Talk to friends. Meet with a new doctor. And read about your condition. No one should ever feel like they have to follow the doctor's orders without asking questions and gathering more information. Very few health care decisions have to be made on the spot. So, if something doesn't feel right, then, by all means, research your situation and talk with another doctor.
Is Getting a Second Opinion will upset your doctor? Is it a bad manner?
If you decide to obtain independent second opinion, it is important to communicate with the primary physician not only to obtain the needed information for review but also to keep the treating physician informed. Most of the physicians welcome the opportunity to have another consultant review and approve their care decisions or perhaps suggest another treatment that may be better. There are instances when a patient may disagree with their physician and will need to change physicians, but this is not the main purpose of a second opinion. Most of the time, you simply need to make sure you are getting the best advice.
Your doctor may be the smartest, most compassionate, thoughtful person in the world—a leading specialist or someone you’ve trusted for years. But you shouldn’t let that stop you from getting a second opinion.
How to get a second opinion
The process of seeking a second opinion can be as simple as getting a referral from your current doctor. You may need to collect biopsy or surgery reports, hospital discharge reports, relevant imaging tests, and information on drugs or supplements you take. You may also need a summary written by your doctor.
My virtual hospital provides second opinion to individual patients in form of self-referral but we are also approached by insurance companies who need a second opinion on the advice which their clients have received from their primary doctor.
Why MVH for a second opinion?
MVH has a team of few of the best and most experienced super specialists associated with us. We cover all the medical specialty and super specialty. With access to such bright medical minds, we are in the best suitable position to provide second opinion. Our opinions are not biased as we have consultants who are all from different hospitals and maybe from different cities.