Created in a partnership with the Choosing Wisely campaign, this resource helps you have smarter discussions with your healthcare providers.
Family doctors know that many patients get unneeded prescriptions. Obstetricians know that too many babies are delivered by C-section. Radiologists have seen a lot of pointless chest X-rays. Blood tests, EKGs, Pap tests and MRIs all are overused.
Hundreds of tests and treatments turn out to be frequently unnecessary, duplicative or even harmful.
It means your time, energy and money could have been focused on smarter, safer, and more effective care.
Consumer Reports has created hundreds of free brochures for you and your family, to address the most common of these concerns. We also have free posters, videos, rack cards, and wallet cards that help you ask your healthcare providers the right questions.
- Prescription Painkillers: 5 Surprising Facts
- Best Drugs for Less
- Managing Multiple Medicines
- Medication Formularies
- Reading Labels
- Side Effects
- Splitting Pills
- Starting a New Drug
- Taking Your Medication as Directed
- Antipsychotics for Depression
- Antiplatelet Drugs
- Sleeping Pills for Insomnia