The consumer health information on this page has been developed by trusted health organisations and provides information about conditions, treatments, and drugs or supplements, and more
Please note: Information on these websites does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals.
Choosing Wisely Australia an initiative of NPS MedicineWise promotes patient-
1. Do I really need this test or procedure? - Tests may help you and your doctor or other healthcare provider determine the problem. Procedures may help to treat it.
2. What are the risks? - Will there be side effects? What are the chances of getting results that aren’t accurate? Could that lead to more testing or another procedure?
3. Are there simpler, safer options? - Sometimes all you need to do is make lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier foods or exercising more.
4. What happens if I don't do anything? - Ask if your condition might get worse — or better — if you don’t have the test or procedure right away.
5. What are the costs? - Costs can be financial, emotional or a cost of your time. Where there is a cost to the community, is the cost reasonable or is there a cheaper alternative?
You may also find this Question Builder useful
Healthtalk Australia features many videos of patients talking about what it is really like to have a particular health condition or care for someone that does. Some of the areas covered include mental health, substance abuse, ageing, multiple medicine, early parenthood, depression etc.The international Healthtalk site has patient videos about many more conditions
The Medical Library Association of the United States encourages these four simple questions to be asked when assessing the reliability of online health information: