Choosing Wisely works to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. Participating organizations have created lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” which include evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation. Consumer Reports is developing and disseminating materials for patients through large consumer groups to help patients engage their physicians in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them. A suite of communication education modules is also available to help providers engage in these conversations with their patients, and a growing library of video resources provides diverse perspectives on its impact and challenges. More than 70 specialty societies have joined the campaign since its inception in 2012. New lists will continue to be published through 2015.
Choosing Wisely Minnesota
Choosing Wisely Minnesota is supporting the national Choosing Wisely campaign developed by the ABIM Foundation (American Board of Internal Medicine). The campaign’s goal is to help physicians and patients talk about medical tests and procedures that are often used but may not be necessary and may in some cases cause harm. The campaign is supported by easy-to-use educational materials developed with the help of Consumer Reports. Medical specialty societies have already developed a list of 135 tests and procedures that may be unnecessary as part of the national Choosing Wisely campaign. On this site you will find easy-to-use resources, including lists of tests and procedures that may be overused, questions to ask your physician, brochures and videos that explain appropriate care recommended by medical specialty societies and background on the Choosing Wisely campaign.
Consumer Health Choices
Patients sometimes ask for tests and treatments that are not necessarily in their best interest. And physicians often struggle with decisions about prescribing tests and procedures as a way of covering all possible bases,. So the ABIM Foundation has joined with leading medical specialty societies to develop evidence-based lists of tests and procedures for patients and physicians to question as part of Choosing Wisely®. The goal: to help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about overuse of health care resources in the United States. The campaign is part of the ABIM Foundation’s goal of promoting wise choices by clinicians in order to improve health care outcomes, provide patient-centered care that avoids unnecessary and even harmful interventions, and reduce the rapidly-expanding costs of the health care system.