What is Watchful waiting?

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Watchful waiting is an approach to a medical condition in which time is allowed to pass before medical intervention or therapy is used. During this time, testing and ongoing monitoring may be performed.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple myeloma 24 16
Doctor recommendation 11 17
Lumps and bumps 3 1
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia 2 1
Fatigue 1 0
Mantle cell lymphoma 1 1

Show all 8 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
1
None
34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Watchful waiting

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 1
Back pain 1
Fatigue 1
Generalized anxiety disorder 1
Neuropathic pain in feet and legs 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Watchful waiting

Dosage Patients
1 every 3 months 1
1 min monthly 1
1 mg daily 1
30 other weekly 1
18 hr daily 1
24 hr daily 1
24 other daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Watchful waiting

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 2
Other 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped using Watchful waiting

Duration

Currently using Watchful waiting

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped using Watchful waiting

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 34
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 29
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 19
Not specified 15
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Watchful waiting.