A program sponsored by the ABIM Foundation seeks to facilitate conversations between patients and physicians about what tests or treatments may NOT be necessary.
The Choosing Wisely web site describes the program as such:
“An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm.
To spark these conversations, nine specialty societies created lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” — 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 will be developing and disseminating materials to patients through large consumer groups to help patients engage their physicians in these conversations and ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them.
Several more specialty societies have joined the campaign and will be unveiling their lists of ‘Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question’ in fall 2012.”
According to a May 2012 article in JAMA by ABIM Foundation authors:
“As of this writing, the 9 medical specialty societies involved in Choosing Wisely potentially reach 374 000 practicing physicians, with several additional societies expressing interest in joining the effort. The hope is that the lists will spark discussion between clinicians and patients about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.
Recognizing the need for tools and resources to facilitate these conversations, Consumer Reports, an independent, nonprofit consumer organization, in consultation with the professional societies, will create and disseminate consumer-friendly versions of the lists and will partner with other organizations to reach diverse audiences. This is to help patients understand the recommendations and be prepared to talk with their clinicians about them.”