Choosing Wisely Campaign Expands
The Choosing Wisely campaign announced an important expansion at a press
conference on February 21st, in Washington DC. Medical specialty groups have
released new lists of overused tests and treatments that patients and doctors
should question. Consumer Reports is proud to have signed agreements with
15 of the new societies and we're looking forward to supporting their efforts and
working with them to create the free, consumer friendly information (brochures,
videos, posters, etc.) to promote discussions between patients and caregivers
about the most useful approaches to healthcare.
A complete list of each of the specialty societies Five Things Physicians and
Patients Should Question is available here. It promises to grow even
further later this year, as more specialty societies sign on with their own lists,
according to the ABIM Foundation, which runs the Choosing Wisely campaign.
"In less than a year, more than 70 million consumers have received practical
advice about medical tests and treatments that are often overused or inappropriate,"
said James A. Guest, J.D., president and CEO of Consumer Reports. It's a thrill
to be working with the ABIM Foundation on Choosing Wisely. And we applaud
the courage of the specialty societies for addressing overuse and encouraging
informed patient-doctor dialogue."
Consumer Reports, in supporting the effort, has prepared dozens of free,
patient-friendly brochures in English and Spanish. They are available here.