What is Choosing Wisely?
Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of health care services and help patients make smart and effective care choices. Specialty societies and Consumer Reports have joined the campaign to provide these patient-friendly resources.
Using Choosing Wisely to overcome a personal misdiagnosis
By Tierney Anderson, marketing communications coordinator
A patient handout by Choosing Wisely helped me to deal with a severe headache without going to the hospital. I was surprised to learn that if I had called my doctor and requested an appointment or a test like a CT scan or MRI, I might have created a new type of “headache” for myself… Read Tierney’s blog.
Deciding when you need these tests – and when you don’t
- Allergy tests
- Bone-density tests
- Imaging tests for lower-back pain
- Chest X-rays before surgery
- Echocardiography for heart valve disease
- EKGs and exercise stress tests
- Heart imaging tests before surgery
- Imaging and tumor marker tests for breast cancer
- Imaging stress tests
- Imaging tests for headaches
- Imaging tests for heart disease
- Imaging tests after a heart procedure
- Imaging tests for ovarian cysts
- Imaging tests for early prostate cancer
- Pap tests
- Spirometry for asthma
- Stress tests for chest pain
- Testing after heart procedures
Choosing Wisely® has created an app to help you ask your doctor questions about your health.
This app provides resources to empower you to start a discussion with your doctor about which medical tests and procedures are right for you. And which are not.
You should know why a test or procedure is being recommended, what the risks are, how much it will cost … and more. Choosing Wisely explains how to ask your doctor these important questions.
Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports. Their goal is to help you talk with your doctor so you don’t get tests and treatments you don’t need.
Using caution when taking antibiotics
Consumer Reports has launched a new antibiotics hub on its website. Some of the materials are posted here.
Choosing Wisely – Antibiotics
- Full package on antibiotics: When you need them — and when you don’t. This guide includes information for respiratory infections, ear infections, eye infections and skin infections.
- Antibiotics for a sore throat, cough, or runny nose: When children need them — and when they don’t
- Antibiotics for Ear Infections: When you need them — and when you don’t
- Think your child needs antibiotics? “Think again,” says Consumer Reports.
- Antibiotics for Pink Eye: When you need them — and when you don’t
- Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People
- Treating sinusitis: Don’t rush to antibiotics
- 5 Questions to ask about antibiotics. Use these 5 questions to talk to your doctor about when you need antibiotics – and when you don’t.
- Why you should be worried about antibiotics
- The cold facts about colds and flu
- Is it an allergy or a sinus infection? Knowing the difference is the key to treatment
Treating common conditions
- Choosing a pain reliever: What to do if you have kidney disease or heart problems
- Do you have ongoing pain that is not from cancer or a terminal illness?
- Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Non-biologic” drugs are a better first choice
- Treating blocked leg arteries: When you need a procedure — and when you don’t
- Treating heartburn and GERD: Use Nexium, Prilosec, and related drugs carefully
- Treating migraine headaches: Some drugs should rarely be used
- Treatment for erection problems: When you need testosterone treatment — and when you don’t
Making better choices
- Hard decisions about cancer: 5 tests and treatments to question
- IgG replacement therapy: When you need it — and when you don’t
- Chronic kidney disease: Making hard choices
- Carotid Artery Surgery: When you need it — and when you don’t
- Implanted Heart Devices at the End of Life: When you need them — and when you don’t