CER/EHC Tools - Patients

 Resources to Help You Compare Treatment Options

Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Patients often face complicated decisions, such as which treatment is best? What questions should I ask? How can I prepare for my medical appointment?

If you or someone you care for has a health condition, you want the best possible health care. But patients and caregivers often have many options when it comes to treatment, and knowing which option is best can be a challenge. It can be hard to find clear, reliable information about different medicines or other treatments.

"The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) new initiative, Treatment Options: Explore. Compare. Prepare., encourages people living with health conditions and their caregivers to explore treatment options for their conditions, compare the benefits and risks of each, and prepare to discuss them with their health care provider. Patient summaries present evidence-based research findings on the effectiveness and risks of treatments in plain language."

Why is it important to compare treatment options and prepare for your medical appointment?

Comparing treatment options may help you:

  • Have a better conversation with your health care professional about your condition and the options for treatment.
  • Learn about the benefits, risks, and possible side effects of each treatment.
  • Confirm that you are already getting the best treatment, or discover that another option may be better.

ICAHN - Partnering to Improve Health Care

ICAHN has partnered with AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program as part of a national partnership network to connect you with free resources to help you make informed decisions about your health care with your health care provider. You deserve the best and most objective information about treating your illness or condition. With this research in hand, you and your health care provider can work together to make the best possible treatment choices based on your medical history and health needs.

Patient and Caregiver Resources

Free summaries are available to support your [condition] treatment decisions. Order a free copy by calling 800-358-9295 and using code C-02.

Why use treatment summaries?

Save time. You can go to an unbiased source to compare treatments for your health condition and help you prepare for your next medical appointment.

Find information you can trust. AHRQ and its research teams—located at top medical schools, universities, and medical centers—review hundreds of medical studies and summarize the results to give you useful and unbiased information about treating your condition.

Read medical information in plain language.

Patient-friendly treatment summaries provide clear information on medical topics that might otherwise be hard to understand.

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