Tip Sheet: Ten Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

About the Choosing Wisely® Campaign

The American Board of International Medicine (ABIM) Foundation and Consumer Reports launched the Choosing Wisely® campaign to:

  • Encourage people to learn more about the tests and treatments their healthcare providers recommend.
  • Question and discuss these with their healthcare providers under certain circumstances.

Numerous medical societies have gone through an in-depth review process to identify at least five tests or treatments that may not have enough medical research that shows their safety or effectiveness. In some cases, the research may even show unwanted effects. At the same time, the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports have been encouraging people to check the lists to see if tests or treatments their healthcare providers have recommended are on them. If so, the campaign urges people to bring this up with their healthcare providers and discuss it.

The American Geriatrics Society's Choosing Wisely® Lists

The American Geriatrics Society published two lists in 2013 and 2014, which includes ten treatments that may have more risks than benefits for older people. This is particularly important for older adults. Why? Treatments that may be helpful for younger adults may not be safe or reliable in older people, because of physical changes that take place as we get older.

  • Check to see if any medications or other treatments you’ve been prescribed are listed.
  • Don’t worry if a test or treatment your healthcare provider has recommended is on one of the Choosing Wisely lists, and don’t stop a treatment if it’s on the list. Talk to your healthcare provider and sort it out. The Choosing Wisely campaign’s goal is to start conversations about potentially unnecessary tests or treatments and to empower the public to ask questions of their healthcare providers.

Just because a test or treatment is listed doesn’t mean it’s unreliable or ineffective for you. Different people respond differently, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to medical care. 

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Choosing Wisely: Ten Things Physicians and Patients Should Question 


Last Updated: June 2017

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