Calling the Plays – choosing tests, medications and procedures
What we’d most want our friends and loved ones to know
Almost every condition allows for multiple treatment options. There are very, very powerful and very, very well financed stakeholders (specifically pharmaceutical and medical device vendors) who spend an enormous amount of money ‘educating’ physicians to use their products, even when there are other options available that can be predicted to be more effective, have less adverse side effects, and be less expensive.
The path to getting the best possible outcome for you is to:
Know where to go to get valid, meaningful independent information on conditions, treatments, prescriptions, and tests.
Set a treatment goal that is personal and meaningful to you.
Asking your physician to review ALL available treatment options that could help you achieve your personalized treatment goal.
In reviewing each option, ask how many of a 100 patients like you with similar treatment goals can be predicted to achieve their goals; how many will not; and how many will be adversely effected.
How we might help
To equip you to have an informed conversation with your physician when diagnosed with a condition, when using diagnostic tests or procedures, and while establishing a treatment plan unique to your circumstances and desires. At the end of this chapter, you will: understand where to find valid sources for information on the internet; have a checklist of questions to discuss with your physician when diagnosed, or when reviewing diagnostic test results, treatment plans, and treatment options; and know some common places to purchase prescription drugs and durable medical equipment.
Some areas we’ll cover
How do I understand what tests, procedures, medications can be predicted to be helpful for my circumstances, and avoid those that may be redundant, un-actionable, and potentially harmful? (Includes checklists on questions to ask your physician)
Where are the different places I can go to purchase Over the Counter (OTC) and prescription medications, durable medical equipment, and other products and services associated with my treatment or plan of care?
Next: The right questions are key; let’s look at some that will help you predict what tests, procedures, and medications might help and avoid those that are potentially harmful.
The next areas we’ll cover soon
Where are the different places I might be treated near the end of my life?
Remember: We coach, support, educate, and empower. We illuminate options you may not have known you had. But we don't decide what's right for you in your unique circumstances; only you can do that. And we don't provide medical, financial, or legal advice; nor do we replace the valuable counsel of those who do.