second opinion


: advice from a second expert (such as a doctor) to make sure advice from the first such expert is correct
My doctor says I need surgery, but I'm going to get a second opinion.

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Recent Examples on the Web Women were more likely than men to refuse or delay treatment (35% vs. 25%), and Gen Z respondents were more likely to get a second opinion than others (39% compared with 27%, 21%, and 20% among Millennials, Baby Boomers, and Gen Xers, respectively). Deb Gordon, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 For years, his mother Sandy Smith wanted a second opinion, convinced Stephen's death was no accident. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2023 In complex cases, or when faced with difficult treatment decisions, McFadden explained that seeking a second opinion from another qualified healthcare professional can provide additional perspectives and insights. Cathy Cassata, Health, 14 Dec. 2023 The problems with his suggestion of a second opinion is that there is no guarantee that the competence of the second opinion provider is any better than that of the first and most patients are not able to select an appropriately experienced and specialized provider for a second opinion. Readers, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2023 While general manager Perry Minasian said Ohtani will receive a second opinion before deciding whether to undergo another elbow operation, surgery appears likely. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 Hyde said Tate is getting a second opinion on his arm as the right-hander has dealt with a flexor strain in his forearm and a stress reaction in his elbow. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2023 At the start of 2020, the pair sought a second opinion and were suggested to try intrauterine insemination (IUI) instead. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 If in doubt about your healthcare provider's recommendation, seek a second opinion from a qualified cardiologist. Jennifer Whitlock, Rn, Msn, Fn, Verywell Health, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Second opinion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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