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Nov 07, 2012

Resources to Help You Compare Treatment Options

Guidance from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in making health decisions

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

When you shop for a new car, phone or camera, you have plenty of information about your choices. But when it comes to choosing the right medicine or the best health care treatment, clear and dependable information can be very hard to find.

Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Comparative effectiveness research compares drugs, therapies, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care. Research summaries made available through the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are designed to help clinicians and patients compare a variety of health care interventions and treatments, and to understand the benefits, harms and side effects.

The American College of Cardiology and AHRQ—Joining Forces to Improve Health Care

The American College of Cardiology is collaborating with the Effective Health Care Program at AHRQ to bring you free, easy-to-understand resources to help you make informed decisions about your health care with your doctor. You deserve the best and most objective information about treating your illness or condition. With this research in hand, you and your care team can work together to make the best possible treatment choices based on your medical history and health needs.

Treatment Options: Explore. Compare. Prepare.

Before your next appointment, Explore your treatment options, Compare the pros and cons of each, and Prepare for conversations with your health care providers. Learn more about your treatment options at:

Patient and Caregiver Resources

Free summaries are available to support your cardiovascular care decisions. Download and print in preparation for your next appointment with your doctor, or order a free copy by calling 800–358–9295 and using code C-01:

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Comparative Effectiveness Research at AHRQ

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