A Second Opinion About Second Opinions

October 29, 2009

The Huffington Post

...Dr. John Glick of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania has estimated that when patients come to him for second opinions regarding a treatment plan, his view only completely agrees with the first opinion around 30 percent of the time. In another 30 to 40 percent of the cases, he and his colleagues recommend significant changes to the plan. Sometimes his team comes to a completely different diagnosis.
If physicians are all trained in the same approach, they very well may suggest the same course of action, but if trained differently, different opinions might prevail. Thus, we could have physicians viewing the same facts but differing in their views of them and we could have different facts considered by the different physicians... Read More