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.

  • Treating Heartburn and GERD
  • Treating Heartburn and GERD

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you have heartburn, or a feeling of burning pain in your upper abdomen or lower chest, you might be tempted to try a powerful drug called a proton pump inhibitor. This can be a good choice for severe or frequent heartburn. But in most cases it isn't necessary.
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  • Treating Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
  • Treating Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

    04/01/2014
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you have prostate cancer, but it poses a low risk to you, then instead of immediate surgery or radiation consider "watchful waiting." That way, you'll only get treatment if it gets worse.
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  • Treating Sinusitis
  • Treating Sinusitis

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    Millions of people are prescribed antibiotics each year for sinusitis, a frequent complication of the common cold, hay fever, and other allergies. Unfortunately, most of those people probably do not need the drugs.
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  • Treating Sleep Problems
  • Treating Sleep Problems

    06/25/2014
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you're having trouble sleeping, some doctors prescribe antipsychotic drugs like Abilify, Zyprexa, Seroquel or Risperdal. The FDA has not approved them for this use. And they should not be the first treatment. There's not much evidence that they help you with insomnia, and the side effects can be serious.
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  • Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears

    07/05/2010
    From: AHRQ
    This guide will tell you about what research has found regarding the different choices for treating your rotator cuff tear. You can use it to help you and your doctor or other health care provider (nurse practitioner, physicianís assistant, physical therapist) discuss and decide what treatments are best for you.
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  • Treatments for Open-Angle Glaucoma
  • Treatments for Open-Angle Glaucoma

    04/12/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about medicines, laser surgery, and traditional surgery to treat open-angle glaucoma. It will discuss what research says about how well these treatments work and possible side effects. You can use this information when talking with your eye doctor about what treatment may be right for you.
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  • Tubal Ligation Costs
  • Tubal Ligation 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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  • TURP (Transurethral Prostatectomy) Costs
  • TURP (Transurethral Prostatectomy) 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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  • Upper Endoscopy for GERD
  • Upper Endoscopy for GERD

    11/17/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    People with heartburn often undergo a procedure called endoscopy to see if GERD is the cause. But thatís usually not necessary. Hereís why.
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  • Vasectomy Costs
  • Vasectomy 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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  • What to Reject When You're Expecting
  • What to Reject When You're Expecting

    05/19/2013
    From: Consumer Reports
    Despite a health care system that outspends those in the rest of the world, infants and mothers fare worse in the U.S. than in many other industrialized nations. 
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  • When to say 'Whoa!' to tests and procedures
  • When to say 'Whoa!' to tests and procedures

    05/10/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    A guide to common tests and treatments you probably don't need.
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