Choosing Wisely internationally

Choosing Wisely Australia® is part of a global force. What began in the United States in 2012 with nine medical societies is now an international movement, with 20 countries around the world now involved. 

Choosing Wisely has its beginnings in 2002 with the publication of Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, the American College of Physicians Foundation and the European Federation of Internal Medicine.

The charter provided a new set of professional responsibilities for medical practice. Among the commitments set out were: ‘managing conflicts of interest, improving the quality of care, improving access to care, and promoting the just distribution of finite resources’. These principles underpin Choosing Wisely.

In April 2012, the ABIM Foundation, Consumer Reports, and nine medical specialty societies launched the Choosing Wisely campaign. The response to the campaign far exceeded expectations and now more than 100 medical societies have joined and hundreds of evidence-based recommendations have been translated into consumer-friendly language and are used by tens of millions of consumers. The campaign’s success has been attributed to its unique focus on professional values and consumer – clinician interactions.

Choosing Wisely Canada was launched in 2014 and similar initiatives are being implemented in Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand, the UK as well as in Australia.

Choosing Wisely USA

Choosing Wisely promotes conversations between consumers and clinicians in the US to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.

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Choosing Wisely Canada

Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and consumers engage in healthy conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures.

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Choosing Wisely NZ

Choosing Wisely NZ aims to promote a culture where patients and health professionals have well-informed conversations around their treatment options.

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Choosing Wisely UK

Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.

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Last reviewed 06 May 2019