Patients’ Natural Instinct Isn’t To Seek A Second Opinion, But It Could Be Life-Saving
Seventy percent polled by Gallup in 2010 said they have confidence in their doctor and haven’t or wouldn’t seek a second opinion.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Second Opinion Not Your First Thought
Cindy Thomsen was 18 when her doctor told her she would die in three months. He said there was nothing he could do. Thomsen, 60, grew up in Lompoc and says the family’s regular OB-GYN at the time “didn’t have the best bedside manner.” When he discovered the tumor on one of her ovaries, he first didn’t explain to her parents it was malignant. Then, he decided to call her to deliver the bad news while she was working at a pizza place. “He told me over the phone, as I’m taking orders, that I’m going to die in three months,” recalls Thomsen, a Santee resident. As soon as she talked to her parents, they were done with him. “We’re going to get another opinion,” they said. (Williams, 5/22)