How can I evaluate new treatment options?

Sometimes the old, reliable standard still works just fine. If a lot of data and experience show a very high chance that you’ll get the outcome you want, with little risk, why try something in its place? When evaluating a new treatment, ask the following questions:
  • Is there a standard treatment that reliably produces the outcome I want?
  • Will I have enough information to be reasonably sure about the results of the new treatment, or am I part of an experiment?
  • How much experience does my doctor have with the new treatment?

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