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.

  • Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy
  • Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy

    09/29/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Some people suffer from infections because their immune system can't make enough germ-fighting antibodies. A treatment known as immunoglobulin replacement (IgG) therapy can be a lifesaver for them. But other people receive the treatment even though they don't need it. That is not a good idea.
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  • Kidney Disease (Tests & Treatments)
  • Kidney Disease (Tests & Treatments)

    03/28/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you have chronic kidney disease, here are four important tests and treatments you should carefully discuss with your family and doctor before deciding whether to go ahead with them.
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  • Knee Arthroscopy Costs
  • Knee Arthroscopy 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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  • Knee Replacement Costs
  • Knee Replacement 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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  • Laminectomy Costs
  • Laminectomy 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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  • Lap-Band Surgery Costs
  • Lap-Band Surgery 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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  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Costs
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy 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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  • Liposuction Costs
  • Liposuction 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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  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee

    04/08/2009
    From: AHRQ
    Treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee can help reduce pain. They can also help you stay active. Most people can find a treatment plan that works for them. A combination of treatments often works best. This guide can help you learn about options. It can help you come up with a treatment plan that works for you. This guide covers ways to help you feel better. It also covers research about treatments that usually donít help.
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  • Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement or Surgery for a Broken Hip
  • Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement or Surgery for a Broken Hip

    03/13/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary covers what research says about the possible benefits and side effects of treatments to help prevent a blood clot after hip or knee surgery. Treatment options include medicines that thin your blood and devices that increase blood flow in your legs (leg or foot coverings that inflate and deflate or elastic stockings). This summary can help you discuss these options with your doctor.
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  • Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer

    02/05/2008
    From: AHRQ
    This guide can help you work with your doctor to treat localized prostate cancer. The information comes from a government-funded review of research about treatments for localized prostate cancer. It covers research about four common prostate cancer treatments and their side effects.
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  • Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Guide for Adults
  • Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Guide for Adults

    12/02/2008
    From: AHRQ
    This guide talks about a procedure for people with A-fib that can put the heart back into normal rhythm. The procedure is called radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Ablation means removing problem areas. During RFA, doctors thread a thin wire through a vein to the heart. Then heat is sent through the wire to problem areas. The heat destroys a small amount of tissue and stops abnormal heart beats.
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  • Reducing the Risk of Bone Fracture
  • Reducing the Risk of Bone Fracture

    03/28/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary explains how low bone density can increase the risk of breaking a bone and what research has found about different treatments to lower the risk. It can help you talk with your doctor about which treatment might be right for you.
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  • Rhinoplasty Costs
  • Rhinoplasty 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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  • Septoplasty Costs
  • Septoplasty 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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  • Serious Illness and Palliative Care
  • Serious Illness and Palliative Care

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    When you have a serious illness or health problem, you may need palliative care. Palliative care is special health care that can ease pain and other symptoms and side effects from your illness or treatment. 
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  • Surgery - Help Avoid Mistakes
  • Surgery - Help Avoid Mistakes

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    Mistakes can happen during surgery. Surgeons can do the wrong surgery. They can operate on the wrong part of your body. Or they can operate on the wrong person.
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  • Testosterone for Erection Problems
  • Testosterone for Erection Problems

    09/29/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    When you need testosterone treatment and when you don't. Most men have problems with erections from time to time. But some men have erectile dysfunction, or ED. This is when it is hard to get or keep an erection that's firm enough for sexual intercourse.
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  • Treating and Preventing C-diff Infections
  • Treating and Preventing C-diff Infections

    12/19/2011
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will provide information from the most recent review of research on C-diff infections to help you understand your treatment options and ways to prevent future infections.
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  • Treating Blocked Leg Arteries
  • Treating Blocked Leg Arteries

    09/29/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    The arteries in your legs and feet can get blocked, just like the arteries in your heart. When this happens, less blood flows to you legs. This is called peripheral artery disease (PAD).

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