A Link to Choosing Wisely – “. . . avoiding unnecessary medical tests and treatments”

“What medical tests do I need and what medical tests don’t I need?”

What follows is an awesome resource to help patients and physicians answer that question. Go to the site and explore all the resources.

Here is a link to Choosing Wisely and here are some excerpts:

Advancing a national dialogue around avoiding unnecessary medical tests and treatments.

Clinician Lists

Complete lists of recommendations by society can be found by clicking the society name or via individual recommendation pages.

Patient Resources

The materials listed [above] were developed in partnership with medical specialty societies.

Getting Started

Resources and advice for clinicians, health care professionals, community organizations and employers looking to implement Choosing Wisely and engage patients.

Our Mission

The mission of Choosing Wisely is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary

Beginning in 2012, national organizations representing medical specialists have asked their members to identify tests or procedures commonly used in their field whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. This call to action has resulted in specialty-specific lists of  “Things Providers and Patients Should Question.”

To help patients engage their health care provider in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them, patient-friendly materials were created based on the specialty societies’ lists of recommendations of tests and treatments that may be unnecessary.

Our Success Stories detail ways in which clinicians are implementing the campaign in their practice and how patients are avoiding unnecessary care.


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