Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a $2.5 million grant to Choosing Wisely®, which will fund medical specialty societies and regional health improvement collaboratives to work in specific communities to raise awareness of potential overuse of medical care, and stress the importance of conversations between physicians and patients about appropriate care. The grant will also engage Consumer Reports to produce and disseminate plain-language information about overuse.

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

Choosing Wisely

ABIM Foundation

510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 446-3530

John Held
Director of Communications

(215) 446-3530

Engaging Physicians and Patients in Conversations on Overuse of Medical Tests and Procedures

The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative, through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, awarded funding to 21 state medical societies, specialty societies and regional health collaboratives to help physicians and patients engage in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and procedures.

Let's Work Together

The grantees will work on projects to help educate practicing physicians about the recommendations from the specialty societies and help build physician communication skills to have conversations with patients about the care they need. Grantees will also participate in a learning network that will allow them to learn from one another and enhance the effectiveness of their programs.

Read the ABIM Foundation's press release about its RWJF grant

Regional Quality Improvement

Aligning Forces for Quality

Five of the regional health collaboratives awarded a Choosing Wisely grant are also Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) alliances. AF4Q is RWJF's signature effort to lift the quality of care in 16 targeted communities.

Learn more about AF4Q