Decision making regarding preventive care should be shared between clinicians
and their patients, according to a report by a working group of the US Preventive
Services Task Force (Am J Prev Med. 2004;26:56-66).
Because preventive services are not one-size-fits-all, individuals need
to weigh the potential benefits and harms of various interventions, such as
the use of aspirin to prevent heart disease (weighed against the risk of stomach
bleeding), or the reliability vs invasiveness and expense of various colorectal
cancer screening methods.
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