Choosing Wisely Initiative Releases Lists of Unnecessary Procedures

Choosing Wisely Initiative Releases Lists of Unnecessary or Harmful Tests & Procedures

A number of leading medical specialty societies are releasing lists of specific tests or procedures they say are commonly ordered but which are not always necessary and could potentially cause patient harm. These lists are part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign.

Beginning September 4 and continuing through March, more than 30 national specialty physicians' groups will release their lists of such tests and procedures. Today the following physicians' groups released their lists:

Launched in April 2012, the Choosing Wisely initiative is an effort by medical and consumer groups to open a dialogue between doctors and their patients about treatment options in order to make better, more cost-effective decisions about care. Thus far, the campaign has identified more than 130 tests and procedures as potentially harmful or unnecessary.

Visit the Choosing Wisely website to learn more.