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Why Won’t Doctors Accept Each Other’s X-rays?

“This lack of communication is a deep problem in our healthcare system, and it exposed me to harm and wasted my insurance company’s money.”

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I Never Questioned the Safety of Having MRIs With Contrast

“I know that all of my doctors were looking out for my best interest and prescribing the tests they thought necessary.”

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Another Day, Another Doctor, but the Same Tests

“Why did they need to keep repeating the same tests so many times within such a short timeframe?”

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Why Test for a Condition you Don’t Intend to Treat?

“In my dad’s case, … even if the results did show cancer, he had already decided that he wouldn’t treat it.”

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How too Many Tests can Cause Lifelong Harm

“If the two radiologists had stopped and thought for 30 seconds, ‘Why has she had four MRIs in 2012 alone?’ and called the prescribing doctor to ask a few questions, I possibly could have avoided this.”

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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

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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Patients and doctors, on the same page

By David | April 8, 2014

Imagine that, when you got home from the doctor’s office, there was an email waiting for you, with the notes your doctor had just taken during your visit. You’d be able to read them, make sure your doctor had understood you, …

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Choosing Wisely goes north to multiply

By David | April 2, 2014

Two years after the launch of the groundbreaking Choosing Wisely campaign, its influence has formally gone international. The Canadian Medical Association and nine of the country’s physician specialty societies have launched Choosing Wisely Canada, with the unveiling of those societies’ …

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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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