A second opinion is an evaluation by a doctor after a person has
already been examined, diagnosed, or treated by another doctor.
A second opinion is not done to prove or disprove a doctor's
recommendation. Rather, the purpose of getting a second opinion is to explore
options, especially if a person is having difficulty choosing a treatment or if
a diagnosis is unclear.
Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
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