Choosing Wisely

Reducing the use of unnecessary tests and treatments in U.S. health care.

Choosing Wisely is working to advance dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.

An initiative of the ABIM Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports, it encourages physicians and patients to discuss which medical tests and procedures may be unnecessary for their condition, and in some instances, may cause harm.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides funding to advance the campaign and its expansion to medical specialty societies, regional health improvement collaboratives, physician organizations and delivery systems, and for patient education and outreach.

Since the campaign launched in April 2012, more than 60 medical specialty societies have created lists of tests or procedures they say are overused or inappropriate in their specialty, and that clinicians and patients should discuss.

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  • Advancing the Choosing Wisely campaign to build awareness about the importance of avoiding unnecessary medical care

    Thu Dec 13 00:00:00 EST 2012

    This project will leverage and expand the reach of the 2012 Choosing Wisely campaign of the ABIM Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of avoiding unnecessary care; spur physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to discuss medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary or cause harm; and prepare providers, patients and other stakeholders to decrease unnecessary health care utilization.

  • Developing the Choosing Wisely for Oral Health website and a list of questionable tests and procedures for discussion

    Fri Dec 13 00:00:00 EST 2013

    The purpose of this project is to broaden the reach of Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, and of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Quality/Equality team's current investment, to encourage dentists, patients, and other health care providers to consider and discuss diagnostic tests and treatments in dentistry that may be unnecessary and, potentially, harmful, so that wise decisions can be made about appropriate care.

  • Developing measurements for assessing the Choosing Wisely campaign in reducing waste in the U.S. health care system

    Tue Dec 17 00:00:00 EST 2013

    This project is for the first wave of an evaluation of the campaign to raise awareness of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Choosing Wisely initiative. The campaign consists of activities undertaken by a group of medical societies and regional alliances ("sub-grantees") that are designed to raise awareness of Choosing Wisely, an initiative to promote conversations between physicians and patients to ensure that care is necessary, not duplicative, and safe.

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