Choosing Wisely Phase Three Launch
The Choosing Wisely campaign will enter its third phase in September,
with leading medical specialty societies releasing more than 30 new
lists of specific tests or procedures they say are commonly ordered but
not always necessary that could cause harm. Read the press release here
This phase will include 9 medical societies releasing lists in September,
with additional lists being released each month through early 2014.
The Choosing Wisely campaign brings together national physician groups
to develop evidence-based lists of five tests and procedures that may be
overused in their specific field. Consumer Reports Health will continue to review
the lists and develop consumer education material for those items on the list
which are most relevant to consumers. In addition, Consumer Reports, which
is the official "Consumer Communicator" for the campaign, continues to work
with their partners to get this information into the hands of consumers nationwide.
Some of the societies releasing their lists over the next couple of months include
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Psychiatric
Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
These new lists build on the library of more than 130 tests and procedures that
have been identified as potentially harmful and should be discussed with patients
and physicians. To date, 54 societies and 17 consumer groups have joined the
Choosing Wisely effort, and over 50 consumer pieces have been developed.
Learn more about Consumer Reports role in the campaign here