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# Many patients are hesitant to seek second opinions when making decisio

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29 Apr 2017, 01:15
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Many patients are hesitant to seek second opinions when making decisions about their health, even when considering major medical procedures. This hesitation is sometimes based on a lack of familiarity with a relatively new physician, but even where a strong relationship has been developed between doctor and patient, the person being treated often perceives the interest in a second opinion as an affront to the doctor who has provided the first opinion. This tendency is rather unfortunate, given the potential benefits, either of further confirmation that a particular path represents the proper course, or of contrary perspectives which can be considered for more fully informed decisions.

Which of the following best represents the main point of the passage above?

(A) Patients should seek second opinions only in cases of questionable intent on the part of the physician.
(B) Some doctors consider the request for a second opinion offensive.
(C) Doctors who tell patients not to seek second opinions are attempting to avoid competition with other physicians.
(D) Many patients are hesitant to seek second opinions when making decisions about their health.
(E) When considering major medical procedures, patients should not hesitate to seek a second opinion.

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Type : Main Point

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29 Apr 2017, 02:47
Could somebody help with why E is a better choice than D??
Option D : Many patients are hesitant to seek second opinions when making decisions about their health.
captures the essence of the passage better than
Option E : When considering major medical procedures, patients should not hesitate to seek a second opinion., IMO
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29 Apr 2017, 03:11
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Could somebody help with why E is a better choice than D??
Option D : Many patients are hesitant to seek second opinions when making decisions about their health.
captures the essence of the passage better than
Option E : When considering major medical procedures, patients should not hesitate to seek a second opinion., IMO

The flow of the argument is as follows:

1. Even for a major medical procedures, some patients are hesitant to take second opinions.
2. Whenever a second opinion is taken, it is perceived as more affront over the opinion given by first doctor.
3. This scenario is unfortunate. Because this opinion, may be in line with previous opinion or opposite, helps to decide.

So the point is - Patients should not hesitate to take second opinion.

Choice D is just the first statement of the argument, it does not necessarily conveys the main point of the argument.

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Could somebody help with why E is a better choice than D??
Option D : Many patients are hesitant to seek second opinions when making decisions about their health.
captures the essence of the passage better than
Option E : When considering major medical procedures, patients should not hesitate to seek a second opinion., IMO

Extract from PowerScore CR Bible:

Like the majority of Main Point stimuli, the argument in this case does not contain a traditional conclusion indicator. In the absence of a word such as “thus” or “therefore,” you should look at the pieces of the argument in order to determine the point that the author is making. In this case, the conclusion is that “This tendency [the aversion to seeking a second opinion] is rather unfortunate.” Use the Conclusion Identification Method to help establish that point if you are unsure. The author uses the various potential benefits associated with a second opinion to assert that many patients would be better off if they were to seek second opinions about major health decisions.

Answer choice (A): The word that immediately takes this answer choice out of contention is “only.” The author of the stimulus believes that patients should be less hesitant in general to seek second opinions regarding major health decisions, and so seeking a second opinion would certainly not be limited to cases of questionable intent on the part of the physician.

Answer choice (B): This answer choice does not pass the Fact Test. Although the author points out that many patients avoid seeking second opinion out of concern that they might offend their doctor, the stimulus does not confirm that any doctors actually are offended by the practice.

Answer choice (C): The author does not discuss any examples of doctors who dissuade their patients from seeking a second opinion, so there is no way to confirm or deny this answer choice based on the information provided in the stimulus.

Answer choice (D): This answer is certainly true based on the stimulus, as it restates the first sentence of the stimulus and therefore passes the Fact Test. However, this choice does not reflect the author’s main point, which is that many patients would be better off if they fought the aversion to seeking second opinions with regard to their health.

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer, and this answer is a paraphrase of the author’s conclusion.
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