Choosing Wisely® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
In response to this challenge, national organizations representing medical specialists have been asked to “choose wisely” by identifying five tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The resulting lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” will spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof — for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.
This concept was originally conceived and piloted by the National Physicians Alliance, which, through an ABIM Foundation Putting the Charter into Practice grant, created a set of three lists of specific steps physicians in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics could take in their practices to promote the more effective use of health care resources. These lists were first published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Recognizing that patients need better information about what care they truly need to have these conversations with their physicians,Consumer Reports is developing patient-friendly materials and is working with consumer groups to disseminate them widely.
Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, physicians and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.
For more information about the campaign read the Choosing Wisely One-Pager.
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Resources are available from Specialty Societies and Consumer Reports.
More than 30 Speciality Societies will release new Choosing Wisely
What is the Choosing Wisely campaign? This six-video series explains that it's a way for physicians and patients to talk about how to avoid wasteful medical care.
Doctors have identified dozens of overused and
unnecessary tests and procedures. They don't provide a benefit and may even
cause harm. Here are questions to ask your doctor, to avoid unneeded care.
Video to train providers how to best communicate with
their patients about their plan of care for the "Top 5" activities in primary
Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) Specialty Societies Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) Texas Academy of Internal MedicineTexas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP) Texas Ophthalmological Society Texas Radiological SocietyAmerican Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) County Medical Societies Bexar County Medical Society Collin-Fannin Medical Society Dallas County Medical Society Denton County Medical Society Harris County Medical Society Smith County Medical Society Tarrant County Medical Society Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical SocietyTravis County Medical Society