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It’s essential that you and your family become informed consumers of health care to help ensure you receive the best care. Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their health care providers receive better care and are happier with their care.

Consumer Reports has developed the information and resources here to help IBMers and their families engage with their providers. These tools can help you have an informed conversation with your providers about choosing high quality care you need while avoiding unnecessary services you don’t.

 

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Tests

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Allergy Tests (AAAAI)

Alzheimer’s Disease Testing (SNMMI)

Cancer Tests and Treatments (ASCO)

Echocardiograms for Valve Disease (ACC)

EKGs and Exercise Stress Tests (AAFP)

Imaging and Blood Tests in Early Breast Cancer (ASCO)

Lab Tests Before Surgery (ASCP)

Lyme Disease Tests (ACR)

Medical Tests Before Eye Surgery (AAO)

Medical Tests Before Surgery

Pap Tests (AAFP)

PSA Test for Prostate Cancer (AAFP)

Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer (SGO)

Screening Tests: When You Need Them, When You Don’t

Spirometry for Asthma (AAAAI)

Stress Tests Before Surgery (SVM)

Stress Tests for Chest Pain (ASNC)

Tests Before Heart Surgery (STS)

Urinary Tract Infections in Older People (AGS, AMDA)

Imaging

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Procedures

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Drugs

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Best Buy Drugs

Use our Best Buy Drugs reports to find safe, effective, and inexpensive options for treating your disease or symptoms.

Here is a drug name index

Hospital Ratings

These Hospital Ratings from Consumer Reports help you compare hospitals based on our patient safety score, as well as individual measures relating to patient experience, patient outcomes, and certain hospital practices.

 

Videos

Our video collection reinforces the messages from Choosing Wisely and Best Buy Drugs. You can watch them here, share them, or explore the entire collection.

Early Delivery

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Statin Drugs

Antibiotics for Swimmer’s Ear

Posters

Five Questions to Ask About a New Drug

Five Questions to Ask About Medical Tests Before Surgery

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Antibiotics

Five Ways to be Smart About Ovarian Cancer

Talk to Your Doctor About Heart Disease Tests

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