News and Notes

Patients and doctors, on the same page

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

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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Choosing Wisely is nearly 2. What have we done?

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 influence. To amplify key campaign messages, …

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How to keep antibiotics around a little longer

Antibiotics matter. But the way that patients, doctors and the meat industry use them, they are at risk of being rendered useless. That’s why Consumer Reports has launched an in-depth, publicly available hub on antibiotics, on this site. We urge …

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A grandson’s quest for the best care

Why do we do what we do? Because people like Zvi Frankel have to work so hard, just to find safe, effective medical treatments. His account of his quest — to help his grandfather find the right heart-valve operation — …

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Choosing Wisely for Women

If you’ve been following us on Twitter this week, you will have picked up on a trend: Many of the Choosing Wisely topics address things that women commonly experience in the health care system: overused Pap tests and ovarian ultrasound …

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How to prevent and treat “overdiagnosis”

Experts from all corners of medicine have converged on Dartmouth College in New Hampshire this week in an effort to come to grips with “overdiagnosis” — a costly and risky trend toward seeing disease where there is none and providing …

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Choosing Wisely campaign grows again

The Choosing Wisely campaign begins its third phase today, with three new lists of  “things physicians and patients should question.” The new lists were assembled by AMDA, the American College of Surgeons, and the ACS’s Commission on Cancer. More than …

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Choosing Wisely, in real life

When does health information change behavior? When a consumer knows more about the effectiveness, safety or cost of a medical test or treatment, do they act differently the next time they’re sick? It’s an important question underlying all our campaigns. …

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Missed the patient expo? We took notes!

Ever had one of those meetings that was so successful that you wanted to share it with everyone? It happened to us, when we teamed up with the American College of Physicians in San Francisco for a public presentation: “Your …

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