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I’ve Noticed a Huge Difference With My Patients

“This was an opportunity to explain that colds and runny noses are often viruses, and that antibiotics don’t combat viruses.”

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‘Choosing Wisely’ Helps Patients and Providers Change Patterns

“It just makes sense, and it’s a way for us to get aligned and have a good conversation.”

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The More Each Patient Knows, the Easier My Job

“I feel that all patients, no matter what kind of surgery or medical test or treatment they’re considering, could benefit from asking these five questions.”

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Now More Women Know About This Shorter Breast Cancer Treatment Option

“This would mean less driving back and forth to the hospital and less time away from work and their families.”

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A Patient Heard the Message and Didn’t Want Any More Opioids

“She started getting more and more opioids and visiting the emergency department more and more frequently.”

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More Care is Not Always Better

We have created hundreds of brochures and posters as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. Learn when and how to avoid needless (and even risky) tests and treatments.

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News and Notes

Enlisting Future Physicians in Choosing Wisely

By David | December 12, 2017

They haven’t even started seeing patients, yet already future doctors are building Choosing Wisely values into their approach to medicine: Fifty first-year medical students from 25 institutions gathered at Dell Medical School in Austin on Dec. 2, to explore the …

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5 Ways to Celebrate a Birthday

By David | April 4, 2017

The Choosing Wisely campaign turns 5 today, and we’re doing all we can to celebrate smart conversations between patients and providers: 1. Seeking Choosing Wisely patient champions. 2. Publishing stories from healthcare providers. 3. Releasing a new video. 4. Tweeting about …

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Taking the antibiotics message to a global stage

By David | September 21, 2016

Consumers worldwide need to be alerted to, and protected from, the public-health crisis of antibiotic resistance. That’s the message Consumer Reports President Marta Tellado delivered to a landmark meeting of United Nations delegates today in New York. In the U.S. alone, …

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Choosing Wisely, still growing, turns 4

By David | April 28, 2016

Dr. Eric Barbanel, an internist in Middletown, N.Y., is determined to have his patients and their families understand that much of the care they’re used to receiving — including care that he used to deliver himself — turns out to …

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Choosing Wisely focuses on antibiotics misuse

By David | June 18, 2015

The effort to preserve antibiotics just got a big boost. With Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding, the Choosing Wisely campaign is backing seven regional efforts that include reining in misuse of these precious life-saving drugs. The seven initiatives will each …

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Consumer Reports targets superbugs

By David | June 8, 2015

Unrestrained use of antibiotics, in humans and animals, has bred “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotics and has triggered infections that sicken at least 2.25 million Americans each year and kill 37,000. To combat that problem, Consumer Reports has announced …

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Too much testing can be harmful to your health

By David | January 27, 2015

A CT scan could be lifesaving. But recent research suggests that roughly a third of them serve little if any medical purpose. That’s a lot of needless radiation, raising patients’ risk of getting cancer. Consumer Reports has put together this …

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New grant supports next phase of Choosing Wisely campaign

By David | January 8, 2015

The Choosing Wisely campaign, which focuses on reducing the use of unnecessary medical tests and treatments, will extend its reach among health-care providers and regional health organizations, thanks to a new $4.2-million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to …

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Choosing Wisely near the end of life

By David | November 18, 2014

Serious illness, especially in an older person, demands tough choices from patients, their families and their health-care providers. What’s more, it’s often difficult for people to find solid information and advice about those choices and their implications. Thankfully, increased attention …

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Some Americans take risks with needed drugs due to high costs

By David | September 2, 2014

Our national poll of more than 1,000 Americans shows many skeptical about generics Ginger Skinner, Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Americans take a lot of medicine. More than 4 in 10 (44 percent) regularly take a prescription drug, and among …

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Each of these collections of videos, brochures, posters and articles focuses on an issue of particular importance to healthcare consumers.

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