Tag Archives: medical decision making

How Long Will You Live?

There are lots of reasons to wonder how long you’ll live. Some people need to choose a number so they can make sure they create and manage a nest egg that will last long enough. Others want to understand  whether science knows … Continue reading

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Should You or Shouldn’t You?

It was Shakespeare’s Hamlet who wondered “To be, or not to be”; but in health care, the question is altogether different: It’s “Should I, or shouldn’t I?” That’s because as our diagnostics, treatments, surgeries and medications have gotten more and … Continue reading

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Can’t Get the Right Diagnosis? How to Get Help

Some people spend years trying to get an unusual combination of distressing symptoms diagnosed and  treated. They go from doctor to doctor, test to test, hoping that someone will somehow put two and two together and name their problem. There … Continue reading

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What a Skeptical Surgeon Says You Should Know

I’d like to introduce you to someone who calls himself a “skeptical surgeon,” Ian Harris, M.D., Ph.D. He is an academic orthopedic surgeon in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Harris has a point of view I thought you would find interesting and provocative.  … Continue reading

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Just Got Bad News? One Word To Get You Better Health Care

When you’ve just heard you have a troubling health condition, there’s one word that will virtually guarantee you better health care: Time. When you’re first dealing with bad news about your health,  unless your situation is immediately life threatening, your … Continue reading

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Dental X-Rays? What a Brain Surgeon Recommends

I have a common sense approach to the dentist. Since teeth don’t heal themselves, it seems smart to do all you can to catch problems early. So I  have a cleaning and check-up every six months, and once a year, … Continue reading

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Four Things to Say at Your First Visit with a New Doctor

It’s always a little awkward getting to know a new physician. After the first hellos, and before the examination begins, it’s smart to set the stage for an effective relationship. Physicians can’t read your mind. They don’t know what role you’d … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know Before Making Healthcare Decisions

Do you really feel prepared to make most healthcare decisions for yourself or your family? Maybe you expect your healthcare providers will tell you whatever it is you need to know. Or it could be that your physician is  underestimating … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Ask Your Doctor Better Questions

I hear it every day: “How can I possibly challenge my doctor when I’m not a physician? What do I know anyway?” No matter what your educational background, economic situation or personality, it’s very common  to feel unsure about questioning … Continue reading

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