On April 4, 2012, the ABIM Foundation formally launched the Choosing Wisely® campaign with nine trailblazing society partners releasing lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” Nearly three years later the campaign continues to grow with 70 societies joining in the effort. In 2014 alone, new lists were released by 24 organisations and expanded to include other members of the care team such as the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Nursing.
This past year was significant for the campaign because conversations inspired by Choosing Wisely around reducing waste and overuse permeated not only the health care community and academic publications but mainstream media as well. By our count, there have been more than 4,200 media mentions of the campaign and society recommendations and nearly 90 journal articles on the Choosing Wisely campaign in 2014 alone.
In the spirit of Choosing Wisely, the following represent the ABIM Foundation staff picks for the “Top 5” must-read articles from 2014 for consumers and clinicians.
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Stewardship toolkit for clinical educators
The Health Resource Stewardship for Clinical educators contains educational material about the Choosing Wisely initiative for use in universities, hospitals and health professional colleges
5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care.