If you are ill or have a health problem, you can often choose between different treatments. In many cases there will be a treatment that is clearly right for you – or none of the options would be worth the trouble or justify the possible adverse effects. Then you will find it easy to decide what to do.

But sometimes you will have to make a decision. Then you have to compare different treatments and weigh their possible benefits and harms against one another. Although this is not always easy, there are some fundamental questions that may help guide your decision.

We have put together some questions that can be useful when making a decision. These questions can be grouped according to two different stages of decision-making.

  1. Collecting information: The first stage involves finding the information you need to make a decision.
  2. Evaluating information: The second stage involves assessing the information you have collected and weighing the pros and cons of the different options. The aim is to evaluate information in such a way that you can arrive at the best decision for you.

In many cases, the stages of collecting and evaluating information overlap. We have deliberately decided to describe these two processes as separate stages to show how one follows the other and to make the differences between the two clearer. You can find the main stages in the menu on the right.

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Please note that we do not provide individual advice on matters of health. You can read about where to find help and support in Germany in our information “How can I find self-help groups and counseling services?”

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