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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Information Deficits and 2nd Opinion Seeking – A Survey on Cancer Patients



Information Deficits and Second Opinion Seeking – A Survey on Cancer Patients

Objective: To learn more about cancer patients' motivation for seeking a second opinion.   
Methods: Participants filled in a standardized questionnaire.  
Results: Among 106 patients, 34% had looked for a second opinion, 81% wanted to check the accuracy of their treatment, and 49% needed to better understand the diagnosis. Low understanding of information was associated with looking for a second opinion, and 79% felt assured after a second opinion.  
Conclusions: Seeking a second opinion may help cancer patients in coping with the disease. As data on benefits are missing, other strategies, such as qualified first opinion and a sound physician–patient communication, may be advisable.

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