The Texas Medical Association has launched its Choosing Wisely® webpage with materials available for Texas physicians to help spark discussion with patients and avoid unnecessary care.
The webpage gives access to the "Lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question," which provides evidence-based recommendations created by leading medical specialty societies. These lists help physicians engage in important conversations with patients to do the right thing at the right time.
A video overview about the Choosing Wisely campaign is also available, along with informational videos for both physicians and patients.
Consumer Reports, working with the specialty societies, developed these patient-friendly materials to support the goal of the campaign – to promote conversations between physicians and patients about using the most appropriate tests and treatments.
As a member of the initiative, TMA will work with Texas physicians, state specialty societies, and county medical societies to educate doctors about the Choosing Wisely campaign.
The ABIM Foundation awarded TMA and its philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, a $50,000 grant to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign among Texas physicians. TMA is one of only five state medical associations to receive a grant from the ABIM Foundation. Support for the grant program comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Action, Aug. 1, 2013