In an important expansion of the Choosing Wisely campaign, medical specialty groups have released new lists of overused tests and treatments that patients and doctors should question.
This brings to 135 the number of procedures that doctors have flagged as often used inappropriately to diagnose or treat common medical conditions. The intent is to promote discussions between patients and caregivers about the most useful approaches to healthcare.
The complete list is available here: www.choosingwisely.org . It promises to grow even further later this year, as more specialty societies sign on with their own lists, according to the ABIM Foundation, which runs the Choosing Wisely campaign.
Consumer Reports, in supporting the effort, has prepared dozens of free, patient-friendly brochures in English and Spanish. They are available here.