Seeking a second medical opinion: composition, reasons and perceived outcomes in Israel Academic Article uri icon


  • Seeking a second-opinion (SO) is a common clinical practice that can optimize treatment and reduce unnecessary procedures and risks. We aim to characterize the composition of the population of SO seekers, their reasons for seeking a SO and choosing a specific physician, and their perceived outcomes following the SO. A cross-sectional national telephone survey, using a representative sample of the general Israeli population (n= 848, response rate= 62%). SO utilization was defined as seeking an additional clinical opinion from a specialist within the same specialty, for the same medical concern. We describe the characteristics of respondents who obtained SOs, their reasons for doing so and their perceived outcomes:(1) Satisfaction with the SO;(2) Experiencing health improvement after receiving a SO;(3) A difference in the diagnosis or treatment suggested in the first …

publication date

  • January 1, 2017