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Decisions About Other Health Issues

See a list of Decision Points about treatments and other issues. Decision Points are designed to guide you through key health decisions, combining medical information with your personal values to make a wise health decision.

Every solution to a health issue has benefits and risks. Only you can decide if the benefits are worth the risks.

Learn the facts

  • What is the solution? Get a description of the solution.
  • Why does your doctor think you need to try this solution?
  • Are there other options besides this particular solution?
  • Is this solution the common treatment for this problem? Are there other solutions to this health issue?

Use this treatment information form(What is a PDF document?) to help you.

Consider the risks and benefits

  • How does your doctor think this solution will work for you?
  • What is the success rate? What does success mean to your doctor? What does success mean to you?
  • What can go wrong? How often does this happen?

Ask about costs

  • How much does the solution cost? How can you find out?
  • Are there other costs to the solution, such as equipment or therapy?

Talk to your doctor

  • How much does the problem really bother you?
  • What are your concerns about the solution?
  • Do you prefer to try the solution or another way of treating the problem?
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Last Updated: February 25, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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