How does a caregiver know when it's time to search for a new doctor or a new team?
There is no easy answer to that one.
You're asking me good questions.
I think that certainly one should feel free to look for other opinions and get other opinions.
Many physicians have a problem with patients requesting "second opinions,"
but I think you have a right to do that as a caregiver, as a patient,
and all too often, physicians take that as a slap in the face to their own opinion,
but I think ultimately, we as physicians need to facilitate those kinds of requests,
not, in any way, inhibit them.
I think that we need to encourage people to educate themselves,
and some of the resources have been mentioned already.
If you see things about new treatments for, for example, vision loss
or perceptional impairments, you need to broach those kinds of questions to the treater
and if the treater is not aware of that intervention, they need to refer you to places
where you can get information about that treatment.
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Dr. Nathan Zasler, an internationally respected physician specialist in brain injury care and rehabilitation, talks about how caregivers need to educate themselves about their loved one's TBI and not be afraid to get a second opinion.
This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know. See full webcast here.
Nathan D. Zasler, MD is CEO and medical director for Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd. as well as CEO and medical director for Tree of Life Services, Inc. Dr. Zasler is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and fellowship trained in brain injury. He is an affiliate professor at the VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, VA, and an adjunct associate professor for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.
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