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Consumer Reports Medical Guide - Shared decision-making: Working with your doctor

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

Consumer Reports Medical Guide - Shared decision-making: Working with your doctor: " Key points about making decisions with your doctor

* Even with the best evidence from research, no one can tell you what treatment is best for you.
* You should feel OK about asking your doctor questions.
* You may find it helpful to take a friend with you when you go to see your doctor or to write down questions before your visit. *
You should ask your doctor what the research says about treatments for your condition.
* You should ask whether researchers studied people like you (for example, were they the same age).
* Sometimes no one knows what the best treatment is for a disease.
* There are a lot of 'don't knows' and uncertainty in medicine.
* You should work with your doctor to figure out which treatment is best for you."

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