The Better Health Partnership is one of 21 organizations that has been funded by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to help advance its national Choosing Wisely® initiative.

Do you really need that test?
Choosing Wisely Resources
Patients, Employees and Consumers
Consumer Reports has produced videos and brochures on appropriate care for more than 160 conditions. Many are available in Spanish and easy-read formats.
Employers
The National Business Coalition on Health has developed a customizable toolkit that employers can use to help their employers make wiser choices. With increasing numbers of employees in high-deductible benefit plans, employees may welcome some neutral advice on making choices that are right for them.
Providers
Interactive instructional models developed by Drexel University School of Medicine to improving communication with patients are available here.
The Better Health Partnership has developed and tested plug-and-play teaching modules for academic settings. For more information, contact Aleece Caron, PhD, at acaron@metrohealth.org.
Estimates suggest that about 30 percent of health care services are unnecessary and wasteful. In many cases, unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures pose a risk of harm -- both medical and financial -- that outweighs potential benefits.

Read a one-page summary of the campaign.

The Approach

The aim of the Choosing Wisely campaign is to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other completed tests or procedures
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary
The Choosing Wisely campaign has enlisted national organizations that represent medical specialists to identify five tests or procedures common in their field of medicine that patients should question and physicians should discuss. More than 70 medical societies have produced lists of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" that patients and physicians should talk about.

Better Health Partnership focuses on five common medical conditions, many of which can lead to unnecessary and costly imaging studies. It has produced educational modules for medical students, residents and fellows, and short videos with local physicians that simplify the information to help consumers make better decisions.

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