News and Notes

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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Our new video: Talking points

Want to quiz your doctor about that test, diagnosis or treatment? How can you squeeze your questions into an already rushed appointment? We know it’s not easy. So here’s our newest Choosing Wisely video, Talking With Your Doctor, with tips …

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Was that care appropriate? Share your story!

With so much of our healthcare spending — an estimated 30 percent — going toward needless tests and treatment, Consumer Reports has stepped up its efforts to highlight both the most effective health choices and to promote awareness of inappropriate …

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