The Importance of Second Opinions

The Importance of Second Opinions

As a physician, locum tenens or not, coming up with the correct diagnosis a hundred percent of the time is not an easy thing to do. In fact, more than 20% of patients seeking second opinions were found to be misdiagnosed by their primary care provider, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic.

Among the patients involved in the study, the second opinion diagnosis agreed with the initial primary care provider’s diagnosis only 12% of the time.

While day-to-day clinical practice can be relatively straight forward, whenever there’s uncertainty, getting a second opinion can be the difference between life and death.

Read further on the benefits and importance of second opinions in healthcare by visiting Interim Physicians.

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