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More Physician Groups Release Lists of Tests and Procedures We May Not Need

On February 21, 2013,  the Choosing Wisely® campaign released an additional 18 lists of tests or procedures to question, highlighting potentially unnecessary — sometimes harmful — care provided in the United States.  

More than 130 tests and procedures to question have been released as part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, which aims to spark conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.   Each specialty society participating in Choosing Wisely identified five specific tests or procedures that are commonly done in their profession, but whose use should be questioned.

Examples of tests or procedures on the lists include:

Don't order annual EKGs or any other cardiac screening for low-risk patients without symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Antibiotics should not be used for apparent viral respiratory illnesses (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Don't schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or c-sections before 39 weeks 0 days gestational age (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologjists)

Patients who have no cardiac history and good functional status do not require pre-operative stress testing prior to non-cardiac thoracic surgery (The Society of Thoracic Surgeons)

Don't perform repititive CBC and  chemistry testing in the face of clinical and lab stability (Society of Hospital Medicine - Adult Hospital Medicine)

 Read more about the complete lists of specialties and their lists.

MBGH has access to a communication toolkit to facilitate employers communicating with their employees about this important campaign. Ready to use communications material and links to additional resources as well as an implementation guide are available. Contact Cristie Travis for additional information.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 4:40 PM

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