-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Nine physician specialty
groups have created lists of common tests or procedures that they
believe are often overused or unnecessary, to help doctors and
patients make wiser decisions about care.
Each group came up with a list with five tests or procedures in
their respective fields. The lists were released Wednesday as part
of the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign.
The lists of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should
Question" are meant to help patients receive the most appropriate,
evidenced-based care for their individual situations.
Here are some examples:
Other groups that compiled lists are the: American Academy of
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American Gastroenterology
Association; American Society of Clinical Oncology; American
Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
"These societies have shown tremendous leadership in starting a long overdue and important conversation between physicians and patients about what care is really needed," Dr. Christine Cassel, president and CEO of the ABIM Foundation, said in a news release from the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.
"Physicians, working together with patients, can help ensure the right care is delivered at the right time for the right patient. We hope the lists released [Wednesday] kick off important conversations between patients and their physicians to help them choose wisely about their health care," Cassel said.
It was also announced that eight more specialty societies have
joined the Choosing Wisely campaign and will release their lists of
overused and unnecessary procedures and tests in the fall.
They include the: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative
Medicine; American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck
Surgery; American College of Rheumatology; American Geriatrics
Society; American Society for Clinical Pathology; American Society
of Echocardiography; Society of Hospital Medicine; and Society of
Here's where you can learn more about the
Choosing Wisely campaign.
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