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Are You Facing a Tough Medical Decision?

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At Capital Health Plan, we believe that knowledge is power—for patients as well as doctors. When you have accurate information about health and treatment options, you can work with your doctor to make the medical decisions best for you. That is shared decision making.

Free Informative DVDs and Videos.

“Shared Decision Making®” is also the name of an award-winning series of DVDs and videos available to members through CHP Health Coaching. The topics are:

  • back pain
  • enlarged prostate and prostate cancer
  • breast cancer
  • colon cancer screening
  • heart disease
  • depression
  • end-of-life issues
  • menopause
  • osteoarthritis of the hip or knee
  • uterine fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding

When you have one of these conditions, you face treatment decisions—some that aren’t easy. Watching a DVD will help prepare you to talk with your doctor about options. The information may answer some of your questions and also help you think of others to ask your physician.

Research and Real Patients. Shared Decision Making DVDs summarize the results of medical studies about a condition; explain treatment or testing choices; and outline the possible risks and benefits of each choice. In the DVDs, real patients explain what they went through when making tough medical decisions.

Watching the DVD is step one: getting knowledge. The real decision making happens in the doctor’s office. You’ll have the power to help choose the right treatment choice for you.

How to Get the DVDs.

CHP Health Coaching is your source for Shared Decision Making DVDs and videos, as well as much more information. Call CHP Health Coaching at 850-383-3400. Health Coaches are specially trained nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists who are available to you by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—at no out-of-pocket expense. You also can obtain additional information by following the links to CHP Health Coaching.