Making a difference

We’re pleased to share the news that Choosing Wisely, the campaign that Consumer Reports has been working on in partnership with the ABIM Foundation, leading medical specialty societies, and consumer organizations, was featured in Medscape’s The Year In Medicine 2012: News That Made …

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How to turn info into action?

The Choosing Wisely campaign is “an important first step,” but just identifying low-value procedures is not enough to change doctors’ and patients’ behavior, according to a commentary on the campaign, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The …

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Patients’ unmet expectations

A new nationwide survey has found two significant gaps between patients’ expectations and their experiences. People reported that they are told about their medical options far less often than they want, and that their medical care appears to be poorly …

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Ready for health reform?

Consumer Reports has developed a brief guide to help people understand how the changes brought about by health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, will affect individuals and families, now and in the future. The new guide provides …

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How to do more, for less

Despite decades of medical advances, there’s a huge disconnect between what medical science knows how to do, and what America’s overly complex health care system actually delivers, according to a new report commissioned by the Institute of Medicine. The way …

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Hazards in vitamins and supplements

In a new report in its September issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org, Consumer Reports identifies ten hazards that might surprise the large swath of American adults-more than 50 percent-who take vitamins, herbs, or other nutritional supplements. “Patients sometimes assume that …

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