Why a medical second opinion is so important
Let’s face the truth, making an accurate diagnosis is not always easy for doctors and in many cases patients are left without a diagnosis or left wondering if they had received the correct diagnoses and best treatment plan. This uncertainty doesn’t just fall on the patients, it also burdens their extended family and in many cases even leaves doctors questioning their conclusions. This may all sound terrifying but it is common and the exact reason why we advocate for medical send opinions (MSOs). Below are compelling arguments from WorldCare medical second opinion provider, Mayo Clinic’s healthcare policy researcher James Naessens, SC.D. as to why an MSO could be paramount to receiving the best possible diagnosis and treatment plan.
You’re probably already wondering how an educated doctor with decades of experience behind them could possibly struggle in finding a precise diagnosis. The answer to this is not black and white; there are many variables involved in concluding a proper diagnosis and the smallest complication could change everything. For example, if you went in to see your physician and had unusual symptoms for a particular condition your physician may struggle in determining the cause of the symptoms. In many cases the doctor will be upfront and express their concerns and inform you it might be best to get an MSO. In other cases, the patient may ask for the MSO. There are many reasons you might want to seek an MSO, you may feel like you might receive quicker, lifesaving treatment options or you may feel hesitant starting treatment for a particular condition that may have adverse side effects that you want to avoid.
So with all the information above you may find yourself asking if an MSO is right in your case, well let’s look at the statistics. The researchers at Mayo Clinic analyzed 286 patients referred to them by primary care providers over a two year period. The researchers compared referring diagnoses to the final diagnoses, to their surprise they found the following:
- Only 12 percent of the original diagnoses were fully confirmed
- 21 percent of the diagnoses were changed completely
- 66 percent received a refined or redefined diagnosis.
Now that you know the statistics, you can see how powerful an MSO could be if you are diagnosed with a serious illness. You may go in for an MSO and find out:
- that the original diagnosis was correct, but there is a safer, more effective treatment option
- or that the original diagnosis is incorrect.
In the chance that there is a better diagnosis or treatment plan, an MSO can have enormous impact on your medical outcome.
If you have been diagnosed with a serious illness and want peace of mind that your diagnosis is accurate and that you’re on the optimal treatment path for recovery, contact us today to learn more.