Cleveland Clinic Laboratories invites you to explore the recommendations in Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation.
Choosing Wisely aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
- Supported by evidence
- Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
- Free from harm
- Truly necessary
In response to this challenge, national societies and organizations representing medical specialists asked their providers to “choose wisely” by identifying tests or procedures commonly used in their field whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The resulting Clinician Lists will spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.
Visit the Choosing Wisely campaign at www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/ and search for recommendations from the medical societies that are most relevant to your practice. Patient-oriented recommendations are also available to help patients engage their health care provider in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them.
Note: Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, providers and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.