One theme underlying Choosing Wisely and similar campaigns is not necessarily obvious to the audience: Some tests and treatments are wasteful, useless and even harmful.
That’s not an easy message to deliver to patients and their families. They have come to expect whole arrays of procedures to help diagnose and treat a disease.
Yet doctors have identified dozens of overused and unnecessary tests and procedures that don’t provide a benefit and may even cause harm.
To help convey the message about talking with your doctor about which care really is appropriate, we’ve just created a new video.
We hope you’ll check it out, and share it widely.