Tips for patients who have big decisions to make

Gabrielle Lis

Doctors don't dictate your fate. Learn how to get the information you need to make good decisions about your own medical treatment.

Most forms of medical treatment carry some risk. Sometimes (not always, but sometimes) the risks of treatment outweigh the likely benefits. There's a perception that doctors make the big decisions about treatment, while patients live with the outcomes, good or bad. However, usually the big decisions about treatment are ours, the patients', to make. “Isn’t that what doctors are for?” we might ask. “Ma...

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