The Choosing Wisely® initiative of the ABIM Foundation is to help physicians and patients engage in conversations by helping patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm and truly necessary.
Patients often ask for tests and procedures that are not necessarily in their best interest, and physicians often struggle with decisions about prescribing these tests and procedures. Therefore, 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.
Information was compiled and specialty society lists were created entitled "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question."
Consumer Reports, in collaboration with the societies, created patient education handouts to engage in these important conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures that may be unnecessary or harmful.
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