Patient-physician relationships in second opinion encounters-The physicians’ perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • Theories on the patient–physician relationship have evolved within the last decades to portray a nuanced picture of the traditional patient–physician “dyad”. Shifts in social, economic, and technological contexts in which the physician–patient encounters are taking place raised the need for more complex frameworks to study patient–physician encounters. One example of a change to this dyad is the increasing use of second opinions. The second opinion is a ratification tool that critically influences diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis …

publication date

  • October 31, 2012