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  • Uterine Fibroids: Should I Have Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

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    This patient decision aid helps women who have decided to treat their uterine fibroids decide on whether or not to have uterine fibroid embolization by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options. It also outlines alternative treatments such as over-the-counter pain medicine, hormones, or surgery.

  • Ulcerative colitis: Should I have surgery?

    OHRI

    This patient decision aid helps people who have ulcerative colitis and are considering surgery to remove the colon to decide on whether to have surgery or to keep taking medicine by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options.

  • Kidney Failure: When Should I Start Dialysis?

    OHRI

    This patient decision aid helps people decide when to start either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. It outlines options such as starting before or waiting until either after having symptoms or your lab results get worse by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options.

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Facing a difficult health choice? Decision aids can help.

Hamilton, ON - August 30, 2017

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal now features patient decision aids to help support older adults and caregivers with important decisions involving health care. Learn more.

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