Take Control of Your Health choosing Wisely - Appropriate Treatment Options

When your doctor recommends a drug, treatment or test, be sure to ask if it's appropriate for you. To help guide your discussion with your doctor, we've included a list of articles below from "Consumer Reports" and other patient friendly groups.

  • Anesthesia and Sedation
  • Anesthesia and Sedation

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    Nearly 40 million anesthetics are administered annually in the U.S.
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  • Antibiotics for Respiratory Illness in Children
  • Antibiotics for Respiratory Illness in Children

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    When children need them and when they don't. If your child has a sore throat, cough, or runny nose, you might expect the doctor to prescribe antibiotics. But most of the time, children don't need antibiotics to treat a respiratory illness. In fact, antibiotics can do more harm than good. Here's why:
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  • Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People
  • Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People

    10/24/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Many older people get antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections, even though they don't have symptoms of infection. This can do more harm than good. It doesn't prevent infections, and it doesn't help with bladder control.
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  • Avoiding Too Much Treatment
  • Avoiding Too Much Treatment

    07/01/2008
    From: Consumer Reports
    Aggressive medical care can lead to more pain, with no gain.
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  • Brain MRI Costs
  • Brain MRI Costs

    10/12/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Breast Augmentation Costs
  • Breast Augmentation Costs

    02/11/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Breast Reduction Costs
  • Breast Reduction Costs

    10/03/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Building Healthy Habits
  • Building Healthy Habits

    05/10/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    From hip and knee replacements to high blood pressure, there are always things you can change in your day-to-day life that can help alleviate your ailments or even help them disappear altogether.

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  • Cancer Tests and Treatments
  • Cancer Tests and Treatments

    02/11/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    When the diagnosis is cancer, many people understandably want to pull out all the stops to treat it. But some tests, treatments, and procedures are not only unnecessary, they can even prove harmful.
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  • Cancer Treatments at the End of Life
  • Cancer Treatments at the End of Life

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Sometimes, even with the best care, cancer continues to spread. Although it is hard to accept, the best thing for you at that point may be to stop treatment for the cancer and get care to keep you comfortable and out of pain.
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  • Chronic Hepatitis C
  • Chronic Hepatitis C

    11/27/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will discuss treatment options for chronic hepatitis C. It will tell you about research on how well medicines for chronic hepatitis C work. It will also tell you about research on the side effects of these medicines. It does not discuss screening and diagnosis of hepatitis C. This summary can help you talk with your doctor about which treatment might be best for you.
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  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy

    10/01/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    Colonoscopy is the most accurate test for cancer of the colon and rectum, proven to detect the disease early and save lives. But even a very good test can be done too often.
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  • Colonoscopy Costs
  • Colonoscopy Costs

    10/03/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Dental Fillings that Contain Mercury
  • Dental Fillings that Contain Mercury

    03/01/2014
    From: Consumer Reports
    In recent years, many dentists have been replacing fillings that contain mercury. But replacing them isn't necessary. Studies do not show any dangers from fillings with mercury. Meanwhile, the replacement process can harm your teeth.
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  • Depression - Adult
  • Depression - Adult

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    What you should know about adult depression 
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  • Drugs for Migraine Headaches
  • Drugs for Migraine Headaches

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Migraine attacks can last for hours or even days. They can cause intense pain, nausea, and vomiting. They can make you sensitive to light or noise, and they can affect your life and work. To treat migraines, you may get a prescription for anopioid (narcotic) or a barbiturate (sedative) called butalbital. These are pain medicines. But you should think twice about using these drugs. Here's why:

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  • Feeding tubes for People with Alzheimers
  • Feeding tubes for People with Alzheimers

    07/02/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Most people in the last stage of Alzheimers disease have difficulty eating and drinking.At this time, families may wonder if a patient needs a feeding tube.

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  • Health insurance plan rankings
  • Health insurance plan rankings

    11/01/2011
    From: Consumer Reports
    These rankings of private, Medicare, and Medicaid health-insurance plans (HMOs and PPOs) are based on data and calculations from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent nonprofit group. A total of 830 plans are ranked in three categories: 390 private plans that people enroll in through work or on their own, 341 that serve Medicare beneficiaries in the Medicare Advantage program, and 99 that Medicaid beneficiaries enroll in.
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  • Hip Replacement Costs
  • Hip Replacement Costs

    10/03/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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  • Hysterectomy Costs
  • Hysterectomy Costs

    10/03/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    You can use the Blue Book as a guide to help you compare prices when you shop for care and to make sure that you receive treatment at a fair price.
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