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.
Grants and Grant Programs
RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.
News Release$4.2 Million Grant Program to Support Health Care Organization Implementation of Choosing Wisely® Recommendations
January 8, 2015
The ABIM Foundation has received a $4.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its Choosing Wisely campaign to reduce unnecessary use of tests and treatments in U.S. health care.
Blog PostChoosing Wisely: Intensifying the Spotlight On Health Care of Dubious Value
April 30, 2014
Choosing Wisely, a program that shifts the spotlight onto many of the tests and treatments that both providers and patients should question, if not abandon completely.
Blog PostBehavioral Economics CFP: Low-Value Care? Why Now?
March 6, 2013
Lori Melichar spoke with Drs. Kevin Volpp and David Asch, co-directors of the Foundation’s Behavioral Economics Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, to talk about low-value health care.
Supporting health care providers in implementing Choosing Wisely recommendations to reduce overuse of inappropriate tests and procedures
Tue Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2014
This project will expand the impact of an earlier Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) investment in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation 's Choosing Wisely (CW) campaign . In 2012, the ABIM Foundation launched CW to call attention to the problem of wasteful tests and treatments that offer no benefit and can even cause harm.
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.
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.