Docs opinion

Hamm, Robert M. (HSC) Robert-Hamm at OUHSC.EDU
Thu Jul 23 21:48:41 UTC 2015


From a colleague:

Happens fairly often. Ask the physician to send the pcp a copy of the record and share the data with the pcp. If my ego won't allow me to accept the evaluation from someone else then I am probably in the wrong business.  I try to teach my patients to get me a copy of lab or work up or other physician records any time they see a consultant or end up at the urgent care or ER...it all works to help me take care of them.

J M Pontious MD
OU/Enid Family Medicine
Enid, Oklahoma

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From: Vic Nicholls [mailto:nichollsvi2 at GMAIL.COM] 
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I have a regular group of docs I trust and respect. Recently, I happened to go to another PCP vs. my regular PCP; this doc did some different tests and they found an issue.  Very serious issue. It has grown worse.

I don't know how to let my PCP know that. I don't want them to think I betrayed them, that I don't respect/trust them & their expertise/opinions. I truly want them to learn from this, but I don’t know how to put this to them delicately. I had a previous experience where I got 2nd and 3rd opinions and when I went back to the original doc with what happened, it did not end well. At all.

My current PCP has my confidence & respect, the expertise/knowledge and the access to many more varied/indepth resources I need as a "zebra". I admire their work ethic & their integrity. It means a great deal to me to keep them & our relationship, enough so that I’m concerned about that as I am these test results that are worsening faster than expected.

How do I come out of this with a stronger relationship over this issue? Suggestions on how to deal with this?

PS I do NOT consider this a mistake or any fault of my doc. The testing they didn't do is NOT an error in judgement. Pretty much by the guidelines.

Thanks,

Victoria

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