The American Board of Internal Medicine has launched a new educational initiative called “Choosing Wisely,” in an effort to open a dialogue about the rising cost of health care, empower patients, and minimize unnecessary and ineffective medical treatment.
From the ABIM Foundation website:
Choosing Wisely ® aims to promote conversations between physicians 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
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.
Click here for access to professional and patient-friendly lists of specific, evidence-based recommendations from the Choosing Wisely program that patients and doctors can discuss to help make wise decisions about medical care.