US endocrinologists release “choose wisely” list

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6388
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists have released a list of five common endocrinology practices whose use should be questioned.1

The list is part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s “Choose Wisely” program, an initiative that calls on specialty organizations to identify common practices that may not be necessary and could actually be harmful. To date, more than 50 specialty societies have joined the campaign.2

The lists are not meant to be prescriptive guidelines on practice but rather seek to identify common practices whose necessity healthcare providers should question and whose risks and benefits …

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