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Second Opinions

Integrated MD Care

Palliative Care & Counseling located in San Diego, CA

When you face a serious illness or you need end-of-life care, you should protect your health by seeking a second opinion from experts in the field. Bob Uslander, MD, and Rev. Elizabeth Uslander, MSW, MTS, at Integrated MD Care in Del Mar, California, specialize in serious and terminal conditions, geriatric care, and palliative and hospice care. When you face difficult decisions, they’re honored to provide a second opinion so you can receive treatment that promotes optimal quality of life. If you need a second opinion, call the office or use the online form to schedule a free consultation.

Second Opinions Q & A

What is a second opinion?

When you seek a second opinion, you get the advice of a qualified medical professional who’s different from your current health care provider. 

If you need a second opinion for the complex physical, mental, and emotional issues associated with end-of-life care, dying with dignity, and medical aid in dying, you need the team at Integrated MD Care. They’re experts in those issues as well as in the challenges of long-term illnesses, advance care planning, geriatric care, and palliative and hospice care.

When should I get a second opinion?

When you face a serious or terminal illness, you should consider getting a second opinion from Integrated MD Care. 

In addition to giving you recommendations, they go a step beyond to ensure that your treatment plan falls in line with your values and preferences. These goals are integral to receiving exceptional long-term and end-of-life care.

A second opinion also helps when:

  • You’re not sure about the best course of treatment
  • You wonder if specific diagnostic tests are necessary
  • Your doctor says you need surgery
  • Your condition doesn’t improve with your current treatment
  • You have several treatment recommendations

A second opinion is often beneficial if your diagnosing physician doesn’t take a whole-person or integrative approach to medicine and you’re interested in all your therapeutic options.

How do I get a second opinion?

Patients are sometimes uncomfortable about asking for a second opinion, but your diagnosing doctor won’t take offense. Second opinions are routine and encouraged when patients face a serious disease or difficult decision about their medical care.

While you can call Integrated MD Care at any time, it’s often best to talk with your current doctor first because you need to request a copy of your medical records, diagnostic tests, and lab work. When giving a second opinion, the Integrated MD Care team needs to have as much information as possible about your condition.

The Integrated MD Care team treats you as a whole person rather than a bunch of symptoms or a preexisting diagnosis. The providers evaluate your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health to make the best possible recommendation for your ongoing care.

To learn how to schedule a second opinion at Integrated MD Care, call the office or use the online booking tool.