| About Choosing Wisely
Patients sometimes ask for tests and treatments that are not necessarily
in their best interest. And physicians often struggle with decisions about
prescribing tests and procedures as a way of covering all possible bases.
To answer this need leading medical specialty societies developed
evidence-based lists of tests and procedures for patients and physicians
to question as part of choosing wisely.
The goal of choosing wisely is to help physicians, patients think and
talk about overuse of health care resources in the United States. The
campaign is part of promoting wise choices by clinicians in order to
improve health care outcomes, provide patient-centered care that avoids
unnecessary and even harmful interventions, and reduce the
rapidly-expanding costs of the health care system.
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