As an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is working to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. Participating organizations have created lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” which include evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation. More than 60 specialty societies have joined the campaign since its inception in 2012.
Below are a few lists we found to be beneficial to physician practices. These lists represent specific, evidence-based recommendations providers and patients should discuss together in order to make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on their individual situation. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.
- Antibiotics for a Sore Throat, Cough or Runny Nose: When Children Need Them - And When They Don't
- Generic Drugs: The Same Medicine For Less Money
- 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Start Taking a New Drug
- Imaging Tests for Lower-Back Pain - You Probably Do Not Need an X-Ray, CT Scan or MRI
- Imaging Test for Headaches - When you Need A CT Scan or MRI and When You Don't
- Treating Sinusitis - Don't Rush to Antibiotics
You may also visit Choosing Wisely for additional resources and information.