Why We Make Health Care Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

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Dr. Sixto Caro speaks with patient Jose Rodriguez at the Medspan Associates clinic in New York.

Americans are inundated with medical information--from the media, the Internet, friends and acquaintances, journals and ads. For any disease or condition, there’s usually a flood of advice, research studies, and expert opinions, which are often conflicting. Gina Kolata, health reporter for the New York Times, offers advice for sorting through this information in order to make better health decisions. Her e-book The Smart Patient: Mistakes We Make About Our Health – And How to Avoid Them, explains why large random studies are more trustworthy than observational ones, when an independent second opinion is crucial, and what questions you should ask your doctor.