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Table 3 Reason for not seeking a second opinion (n = 297). Frequencies and percentages with confidence intervals

From: Second opinions in medical oncology

Reason for no second opinion Response Frequency Percent Confidence interval for percentage
Confident With First Dr Yes 259 88.7 (77.9, 99.5)
Not Enough Money Yes 73 25.0 (19.5, 30.5)
Didn’t Know Which Dr. To See Yes 12 4.1 (0.0, 8.3)
Wanted to Start Treatment ASAP Yes 10 3.4 (0.0, 9.5)
Didn’t Know I Could Get a Second Opinion Yes 9 3.1 (0.0, 9.6)
Not Enough Time Yes 6 2.1 (0.0, 11.0)
Didn’t Want to Upset Dr Yes 4 1.4 (0.0, 3.0)
Felt Rushed Into Treatment Yes 4 1.4 (0.0, 9.6)
Didn’t Feel It Was Necessary Yes 2 0.7 (0.0, 2.1)
Other Yes 4 1.4 (0.0, 5.5)
  1. Four participants reported ‘other reasons’ including: “I had enough info from my own investigating to make a decision”, “I was overwhelmed with diagnosis when with doctor;” and “too late, I feel, to start again.” One participant reported that their situation had been discussed at the multidisciplinary team meeting, and so perceived “I’ve had a lot of Drs. Opinion”