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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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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    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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