Choosing Wisely - Medical conditions

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.

  • Medicines for Treating Mental Health Conditions
  • Medicines for Treating Mental Health Conditions

    09/27/2011
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about research on how well some antipsychotic medicines work for conditions other than psychosis and bipolar disorder. It will also tell you about research on the risks of side effects for these medicines.
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  • Memory Problems and Dementia
  • Memory Problems and Dementia

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    What you should know about memory problems and dementia
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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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  • Progestogens To Prevent Preterm Birth
  • Progestogens To Prevent Preterm Birth

    09/07/2012
    From: AHRQ
    This summary will tell you about the risk of preterm birth. It also tells you what the research says about the benefits and harms of taking a progestogen to prevent preterm birth. You can use this information to talk with your doctor about whether taking a progestogen is the best treatment option for you.
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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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  • Reduce Your Risk of Falling
  • Reduce Your Risk of Falling

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    Each year, millions of people are injured by falls. People at risk of falling include hospital patients,
    nursing home residents and those who are recovering from an illness or injury at home. This brochure includes tips and actions you can take to reduce your risk of falling, whether at home or in a medical facility
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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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  • Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer With Medicine: A Guide for Women
  • Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer With Medicine: A Guide for Women

    09/04/2009
    From: AHRQ
    This guide can help you talk with your doctor or nurse about medicine to reduce the risk of breast cancer. It talks about two different medicines. It gives information about benefits, side effects, and cost.
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  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Apnea

    08/08/2011
    From: AHRQ
    A doctor said you have mild, moderate, or severe obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. People with OSA may snore and stop (or pause) their breathing a few or many times when they sleep.
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  • Spirometry for Asthma
  • Spirometry for Asthma

    09/27/2017
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you have symptoms that could be asthma, your doctor should perform a simple breathing test to confirm whether you have that disease or another health problem. But many people who need the test donít receive it.
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  • Stress Tests for Chest Pain
  • Stress Tests for Chest Pain

    12/17/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    If you are at low risk for having a heart problem, even if you have symptoms, you usually do not need this imaging test.
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  • Stroke - What You Should Know
  • Stroke - What You Should Know

    07/30/2014
    From: The Joint Commission
    It is important to know the early signs of stroke. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you are with shows signs of having a stroke.
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  • The Business of Healing Hearts: Not all heart tests are needed
  • The Business of Healing Hearts: Not all heart tests are needed

    02/01/2012
    From: Consumer Reports
    Cardiac care is a money-making machine that too often favors profit over science.
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  • Thinking About Inducing Your Labor: A Guide for Pregnant Women
  • Thinking About Inducing Your Labor: A Guide for Pregnant Women

    03/01/2009
    From: AHRQ
    This guide can help you talk to your doctor or midwife about elective induction of labor. It helps answer these questions. What is elective induction? What are the possible problems with elective induction? What don't we know yet about elective induction? This guide covers what research can and can't tell us about elective induction. It is based on a government-funded review of research reports about elective induction of labor.
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  • 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 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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