(1) Patient reactions. The patient may:

(a) Seek opinions of other physicians.

(b) Request a repeat of certain tests.

(c) State that the test results belong to someone else.

NOTE: These actions are usually characterized by "No, not me!" "It can't be true!" or "There must be some mistake!"

(2) Health care provided by the medical specialist.

(a) Listen -- do not contradict the patient.

(b) Reinforce prescribed medication/diet routine as prescribed by the physician.

(c) Respect the patient's wish to deny impending death.

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