From Medical Economics
Medical Studies: What You Need to Know
Americans are bombarded with news of medical breakthroughs every day. How can you judge which deserve your attention? The most meaningful studies are well-designed, include hundreds of patients similar to you (in age, sex, race, and stage of disease), and have clear, dramatic results.
Consider these results with your doctor, along with your own values and concerns. Tell your physician why you want a specific test or treatment, and share what you consider important in your healthcare, whether it’s quality of life, costs, or risks vs benefits.
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