“But the doctor I met earlier said that I had this problem and I must take these medicines.” a curious patient will say.
True, there might be differences in opinion of two doctors and many a times there is, not because they are good or bad, more or less knowledgeable but because medicine is an experimental science.
Second opinion as such is a nice thing, because it brings in perspective expertise of two brains, who must have observed different outcomes of a treatment.
It becomes a negative thing for doctors when we express our opinion in a way it shouldn’t have been expressed, when we use sentences not respectable for a fellow colleague.
When a patient hear from the second doctor sentences like :
“what should i say, you know very well yourself”,
“ we get so many troubled cases from them”,
“He/she doesn’t know anything , who asked you to go there“.
These are common sentences and they do all the harm.
A patient seeks 2nd opinion because you never know who might hit the right reason of your disease, as everyone thinks in a different way, as medicine is so much about experimentation, every treatment work differently for different people and there are so many options, so many expertise.
Above that a doctor always learns, he/she might not be knowing something which the other doctor knows and it applies vice versa too.
But giving opinion this way has done the gravest harm to the doctor patient relationship.
These expressions brings down the reputation of whole of the fraternity. It creates a doubt in every mind, it gives patients a legitimate statement to make to other patients.
It make them think that most have very poor knowledge, that in turn create more doubts and distrust.
A patient do not have the technical knowhow of medical science, but they do have a perception of their own. The poorer the perception, the poorer the trust.
There are better ways to put your point, better ways to give a genuine opinion to a patient, better ways to tell that the fellow colleague might have thought in some other perspective.
Only the respect for each one will bring respect to all.
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