You’re Invited! We hope you’ll join us for our next Empowered #patientchat on Friday, January 25th as we discuss second opinions. A second opinion is an opinion of a doctor other than the patient’s current doctor. The second doctor reviews the patient’s medical records and gives an opinion about the patient’s health problem and how it should be treated.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious or rare medical condition, seeking a second opinion is crucial to prevent misdiagnosis or unnecessary procedures or surgeries. A study done by Mayo Clinic showed that as many as 88% of patients who get a second opinion go home with a new or refined diagnosis. That shows that only 12% of patients receive confirmation that their original diagnosis was complete and correct.

Still, a lot of patients never get second opinions. In this Empowered #patientchat, we want to explore why that is and what can or should be done.

Empowered Patient Chats (#patientchat) are held every other Friday at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern and during the chat patients and advocates come to learn from each other and discuss topics of interest to empowered patients.

Click HERE to learn more about the Empowered #patientchat Series plus read tips on how to participate.

Guiding our discussion will be the follow Topic Questions (T#:)

T1: What are your thoughts on getting a second opinion? Who should seek one? #patientchat

T2: Have you ever received a second opinion that changed your treatment approach? #patientchat

T3: What do you think stops some patients from getting a second opinion following a serious diagnosis? #patientchat

T4: How can patients be better supported in seeking a second opinion? What’s the role of the care partner? The role of HCPs? #patientchat

T5: How can we encourage patients to see the value in seeking a second opinion? #patientchat

T6: What are your tips and/or advice for a patient who is nervous or hesitant to get a second opinion? #patientchat

T7: How should a patient prepare for a second opinion appointment?

We hope to see you Friday, January 25th on Twitter (or at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to include the hashtag #patientchat in all your responses!

I'll be at the Empowered #patientchat on Fri 1/25 1pm ET. Join me! Click To Tweet