How it works
Proper documentation of all pertinent patient data is vital for secondary consultations to be most effective. Obtain an official “Case Summary” accompanied by investigation and imaging reports in both soft and hard copies from your primary doctor before doing so. Case summaries put your medical case in perspective. Likewise, comprehensive documentation may discard the need for repeat of tests and procedures.
In seeking second opinion, it is very important for you to be completely honest about your concerns. The second opinion is only as good as the information you provide. Hence the term, Document-Based Professional Opinion. A DBPO is not a cyber-consultation and cannot replace any face-to-face medical consultation. It serves as a guide for you and your primary doctor for further investigative or management plan. Thus it is strongly recommended that you be accompanied by your primary doctor throughout the process.