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AHRQ Radio Podcast - Weighing the Benefits and Risks of a Medication or Treatment
AUDIO PODCAST: Consumer/Quality Insider
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 12:00 PM
Weighing the Benefits and Risks of a Medication or Treatment

Every day we're bombarded with confusing and sometimes conflicting medical information. We see TV commercials that promise significant relief from seasonal allergies, but then warn us about a host of unpleasant side effects. We read about powerful, new drugs that relieve arthritis pain, and then we see them taken off the market, so we're not sure if any drug is safe to take. And a neighbor tells you that you should have eye surgery because you'll love not needing glasses anymore. But a friend had the procedure and now sees stars when he looks at lights. With so much differing information available, how do you weigh the benefits and risks of a medication or treatment, and make the right decision for you? To help us sort this out, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, spoke with Rand Gardner in this report.

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This audio program features current news and information from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Duration: 09:04 (MM:SS)  File Size: 8.29 MB
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