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US specialties list five tests and treatments that doctors and patients can safely avoid

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2601 (Published 10 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2601
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Nine US medical specialties have released lists of five tests or procedures that are commonly used but are often unnecessary, which they hope will improve healthcare safety and quality while reducing costs.

The Choosing Wisely campaign “is about physicians and patients having conversations, informed conversations, about making wise choices, about their care, and avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures that are not supported by evidence,” said Christine Cassel at a press briefing in Washington, DC on 4 April. It will be supported by ongoing educational activities.

“Research shows that many doctors feel compelled to accommodate a patient’s request for a certain type of intervention, even when they don’t …

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