This is not a (necessary) test
April 5, 2012 9:09 PM Subscribe
posted by kristi (33 comments total)
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encourages physicians and patients to discuss whether certain medical tests and procedures are unnecessary, especially those that can cause harm. The site offers nine lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question
about the most appropriate care for a patient, including lists for cardiology and oncology.
More lists are due in fall 2012.
Choosing Wisely aims to help patients choose care that is:
- Supported by evidence
- Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
- Free from harm
- Truly necessary
Consumer Reports will be distributing materials to patients through large consumer groups to help patients have these conversations with their physicians.
It's a project of the ABIM Foundation (ABIM being the American Board of Internal Medicine
, as I discovered after rather more poking around than necessary).