The High Value Care Campaign

With the American College of Physicians

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About the campaign

The American College of Physicians and Consumer Reports are creating 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.

ACP_logo_full_color_largeACP began its High Value Care initiative in 2010 to help physicians improve patient outcomes while simultaneously reducing health care system waste. The broad program includes clinical recommendations, physician resources, curriculum, and public policy recommendations. These High Value Care patient resources are designed to help patients understand the benefits, risks and harms associated with common tests and treatments, so that they can make informed decisions about how to improve their health.

Campaign materials

The High Value Care patient series supports the High Value Care initiative of the American College of Physicians. The patient materials were created in close collaboration with Consumer Reports, and are patient-friendly versions of evidence-based clinical recommendations and physicians’ training materials, some of which were first published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The files are available in English, Plain English and Spanish. Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.

Collaborators

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students.

Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

Annals of Internal Medicine, established in 1927 by ACP, is one of the most highly cited and influential peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, with an impact factor of 17.81. The journal publishes a wide variety of original research, review articles, practice guidelines, and commentary relevant to clinical practice, health care delivery, public health, health care policy, medical education, ethics, and research methodology. The journal accepts only 6 to 8 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication.

Methods

ACP began its High Value Care initiative in 2010 to help physicians improve patient outcomes while simultaneously reducing unnecessary health care system waste.

For the shared campaign, Consumer Reports will produce patient education brochures and video versions of the High Value Care content, based on ACP’s evidence-based clinical practice recommendations published in Annals of Internal Medicine and training materials developed for clinicians.

The initial brochures are based on ACP’s recommendations for diagnostic imaging for lower back pain and oral drug treatment of type 2 diabetes. Additional brochures address the importance of adult vaccinations, guidance on where to get care when you need it, and healthy lifestyle screening and interventions.

The brochures and videos will be available on the websites of ACP (ACPonline.org), Consumer Reports (ConsumerReports.org), and Annals of Internal Medicine (Annals.org), as well as here, ConsumerHealthChoices.org.

Consumer Reports also plans to publish information about the clinical topics in Consumer Reports magazine, the Consumer Reports On Health newsletter, and on the ConsumerReports.org website.