It's an uncomfortable and common experience among patients: leaving a clinic or a doctor's office and not feeling reassured, but rather feeling uncertain about the diagnosis and proposed treatment. Maybe the doctor didn't fully explain something, or maybe the patient was reticent to ask a question.
When these concerns crop up, it is extremely important that patients are aware of their option to seek a second opinion. Early detection of serious medical conditions is often the key to effectively treating them. However, a recent study points to the serious risk of misdiagnosis in outpatient settings. There is much diagnostic data available for hospitals, but this particular study is meant to address the lack of information with regard to diagnostic errors in clinics and doctors' offices.