Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

Nine medical societies have each issued a list of fi ve procedures or tests that physicians and patients should question. This initiative is being sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. For more information about the initiative, and to view the lists, go to:

How can physicians and patients have the important conversations necessary to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time? Choosing Wisely® aims to answer that question.

An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. To spark these conversations, nine specialty societies created lists of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" – evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients' individual situation.

Consumer Reports will be developing and disseminating materials to patients through large consumer groups to help patients engage their physicians in these conversations and ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them. Several more specialty societies have joined the campaign and will be unveiling their lists of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" in fall 2012."

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