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I've written in the past about recognizing that your risk tolerance and values may be different from your doctor's (but you also need to recognize that he/she has the medical expertise you don't have.)
Here's a good blog entry from Kaiser about knowing that your doctor's values (including religious and cultural values) may be different from yours and could affect your treatment (taking it in the direction that you don't want).
My past blog about being conscious of the difference between your doctor's risk tolerance and your risk tolerance (in addition to recognizing the doctor's expertise) can be found at:
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