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What if the healthcare team recommends an option but I disagree?

You may not agree with the options recommended by the healthcare team. If so, it may be helpful to ask questions to better understand why the team is making a particular recommendation, and explain why you disagree. Often, disagreements are caused by misunderstandings about the diagnosis and prognosis, or about the concerns that you or the team has about one of the options.

If after clarifying these points, you still do not agree with the healthcare team, there is a series of steps that you can follow:

  • First, you may ask for a second opinion about the options;
  • Second, you can ask the Office of the Patient Experience to become involved. This is a service provided by each hospital that can help mediate during discussions with the healthcare team;
  • Third, if the two previous options are unsuccessful, you can ask the team to try to arrange a transfer to another healthcare facility or physician who might be willing to provide the treatment that you are requesting.

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