Consumer Guide to Health Care
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Making better treatment choices
Explore Your Treatment Options: This website from the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has information about treatment options for a variety of
conditions, and tips to help you talk with your doctor.
Whether you just got sick or you've been receiving care for a long time, ask your doctor about treatment options. The
answers you get may improve your health care and your quality of life.
You Need an Operation: The American College of Surgeons has
prepared this guide to help you figure out who should do your
operation, whether you need a consultation (second opinion),
what informed consent is, and how much your operation may cost.
to Ask Your Doctor and Your Surgeon: Developed by the
federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help you
make informed decisions about non-emergency surgery.
Clinical Trials: This guide from the National Institutes of
Health will help you think through whether participating in a
clinical trial is the right
step for you.
ClinicalTrials.gov: A website developed by the National Institutes of Health to provide
patients, family members and members of the public with current
information about clinical research studies.
Clinical Trial Patient Worksheet (PDF,
from the American Cancer Society, contains important questions to ask before deciding
to participate in a clinical trial.
Other treatment options
You Considering Complementary Medicine? from the
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the
National Institutes of Health. ¿Qué
es la medicina complementaria y alternativa?
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March 15, 2013