Prevent unnecessary medical care — by asking your doctor these 4 questions first

Looking For The Light

TED TALKS

Jul 22, 2019/Daryl Chen

Justin Tran

By raising questions and taking on a more active role in decision making, patients can do their part to avoid needless medications, tests, treatments or procedures, says neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset.

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from someone in the TED community;browse throughall the posts here.

“Doctor, is this really necessary?”

Oslo neurosurgeonChrister Mjåset, vice president of the Norwegian Medical Association, says that he experienced a jolt when a woman asked him this question,he recalls in a TEDxOslo talk. It was a first in his career — he’d never had a patient say this to him.

It occurred afterMjåsetsuggested spinal surgery to her; she was troubled by intense pain caused by a herniated cervical disc. While he’d…

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