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Dozens of medical specialty societies have joined the Choosing Wisely campaign. Each has compiled lists of common tests or procedures that have been overused and which should be discussed between patient and doctor.

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Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs project gives consumers and their doctors information to help guide prescription drug choices – based on effectiveness, a drug’s track record, safety and price.

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The American College of Physicians and Consumer Reports have created a series of High Value Care brochures and videos to help patients understand the benefits, harms and costs of tests and treatments for common clinical issues.

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Consumer Reports and the National Business Group on Health have launched a consumer health communications campaign to provide Business Group members with a series of compelling reports on critical health issues.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation organized this effort to focus attention on the national problem of people returning to the hospital soon after they are discharged.

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This campaign publicizes the pioneering efforts by health improvement collaboratives in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin, who are measuring and reporting on the quality of local medical care.

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How to improve discussions with your patients

Materials to share with your patients

You don't always have time to fully explain your recommendations. So use these resources from Consumer Reports to help your patients and their families make smart decisions. We focus on evidence-based, cost-effective and safe healthcare choices. These free brochures can be printed, posted, distributed, emailed or linked.

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Spanish language materials

Most of our reports on drugs, tests and treatments are available in Spanish. Here is the complete set, for you to offer your patients.

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Campaign promotions

These materials might come in handy for anyone assembling a campaign to promote appropriate medical care.

This collection includes posters for clinic waiting areas and a wallet card that reminds consumers about the fundamentals.

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Our free reports and videos, for smarter health choices

Tests and treatments

Prepare yourself for discussions and decisions with these plain-language guides. We cover the most commonly used -- and overused -- tests, imaging methods, drugs and procedures.

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Hospitals

Our Hospital Survival Guides give you simple steps -- before, during and after your stay -- for improving your safety and the success of your medical procedure. Share these PDFs with your friends, too.

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Drugs and supplements

Most people spend far more on prescription drugs than they need to. Use our Best Buy Drugs reports to find the safe, effective, inexpensive options for treating your disease or symptoms.

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Price reports

You might be surprised by the range of prices charged for elective procedures, depending on who's paying and who's providing the service. Take control over your own medical budget with these guides to fair prices.

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Doctors

Does your doctor measure up? We have detailed ratings, based on medical performance, for three states, plus advice for everyone on how to forge a better relationship with your doctor.

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Informes en español

La mayoría de nuestros informes sobre fármacos, pruebas y tratamientos están disponibles en español. Hemos reunido a todos los informes en un solo sitio.

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Patients' stories

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    "I am a 65-year-old male in excellent health. My physician wanted me to have a "baseline bone density scan." It just so happens that he has the scanner in his office. There is no osteoporosis in any of my family members. After doing some research on the Internet, I canceled my appointment. "

    -- Jeffrey, Arizona

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    "I went to the emergency room for chest pains. EKGs, blood work and other tests quickly showed that there was nothing wrong with my heart. However, the emergency room doctor insisted that I have a CAT scan of the chest -- although I'd had one two weeks earlier at the same hospital. In spite of my objections, he would not discharge me until I consented."

    -- Barbara, Wisconsin

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    "I had an OB/GYN who insisted I needed a yearly Pap smear even though I had a complete hysterectomy (not cancer-related) five years before I even met him. "

    -- Cathleen, Maryland

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    "I was preparing for simple hand surgery. At my pre-surgery appointment, I was given chest X-rays, an EKG and a blood test. Then my doctor told me there was no reason for all that testing. Yet I was billed for it, and my insurance didn't cover it. It added hundreds of dollars to my costs, and I was subjected to unnecessary X-ray radiation."

    -- John, Massachusetts

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Choosing Wisely goes north to multiply

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,...
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Consumer Reports, the world’s largest independent product-testing organization, is proud to be leading the consumer communication efforts of the Choosing Wisely campaign. That campaign kicked off in April, 2012, and continues to grow in...
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