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Do we really know what to ask our doctor when we¯re sick? And how often are we told about the risks of treatment, or what alternatives are available? Ray Moynihan and Melissa Sweet have come up with a list of questions to help us all get some control over the health decisions that affect our lives.
Covering everything from tests, to drugs, to lifestyle issues, Ray and Melissa give us all the questions we need to ask when we visit the doctor, the chiropractor or even the naturopath. So no matter whether you have a child with an ear infection, you¯ve been told you have high cholesterol, or that you need a CT scan or surgery, here is the guide that will help you make better decisions for you and your family.
Ten Questions you Must Ask Your Doctor is full of compelling examples, helpful hints and lists of resources to make us all better informed patients. Make sure there is a copy on your family¯s bookshelf.
About the Author
Ray Moynihan and Melissa Sweet are two of Australia¯s leading health writers. Ray has worked on Four Corners, The 7.30 Report and on the Australian Financial Review, while Melissa has reported for the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Doctor and The Bulletin. Both are regular contributors to the British Medical Journal and Crikey.
Table of Contents
Questions about your diagnosis: Do I really need that rest?
Do I really have that disorder?
Do I really need to be screened? Questions about your treatment: What are my options?
How well does that treatment work?
What are the side effects?
Will this operation really help? Some general questions to consider: What is the evidence?
Who else is profiting here?
What can I do to help myself
Conclusion: Developing a healthy scepticism