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Choosing Wisely®

choosing wiselyChoosing Wisely® is a campaign, developed by the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation and supported by leading medical specialty societies, to help guide conversations between patients and clinicians – conversations about whether a medical test or procedure provides care for a patient that is supported by evidence, additive and not duplicative of past tests or procedures, free from harm, and truly necessary. 

The goal of this campaign is to help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about the appropriate use of health care resources in the United States and avoid overuse if not abuse of those resources.  The reality is that 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.  This campaign attempts to create a moment to pause and question a course of treatment in an informed way. 

Dr. Christine Cassel, President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation, describes what Choosing Wisely is all about in the short video below.


To see all of the lists of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question," provided by national specialty organizations and societies, please click here.

consumer reports logoIn collaboration with these national organizations and societies, Consumer Reports has created resources for consumers to help them better engage their physicians in some of these important conversations about medical tests and procedures.  Atrius Health, of which Harvard Vanguard is an affiliate, is a participating organization in the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) effort to promote the Choosing Wisely campaign across Massachusetts. 

Additional medical background and education has been provided for patients by Consumer Reports about tests and procedures that fall into the following general topics:

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Antibiotic Use


Headaches and Migraines

Women's Health

Men's Health



Kidney Disease


Peripheral Artery Disease

Alzheimer's Disease