Journal article

An exploration of the dynamics and influences upon second medical opinion consultations in cancer care

Jennifer Philip, Michelle Gold, Max Schwarz, Paul Komesaroff

ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

AIM: The aim of this study was to explore the dynamics within second medical opinion consultations in patients with cancer. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were held with four oncologists and were subjected to a thematic analysis to define the broad issues. These formed the basis of a survey distributed to Australian medical oncologists. RESULTS: Overall 65 surveys were returned representing an overall response rate of 30% (10% and 63% electronic and hardcopy response rates, respectively). The dynamics in giving second medical opinions are influenced by the collegiate relationships of the doctors. Nearly two-thirds of oncologists believed that the first doctors' treatment and recommendat..

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