This is my third installment on the Choosing Wisely Campaign from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer Reports that brings into sharp focus, and in plain English, the things patients and we physicians should question. The Choosing Wisely campaign now includes submissions by more than 60 medical professional societies and organizations. Examples include:
Why scheduling early delivery of your baby is not a good idea
Treating sinusitis: Don't rush to antibiotics
Don't perform annual stress cardiac imaging or advanced non-invasive imaging as part of routine follow-up in asymptomatic patients
Bone density tests: When you need them and when you don't
Treating migraine headaches: Some drugs should rarely be used
What prompted this update is a new video in the zeitgeist of today, with light music, happily dancing people from seniors to millennials, and scrolling text.
I am hoping to prompt readers of Managed Care to help to take viral this video for the important campaign to reduce unneeded and in some cases harmful medical testing, treatments, and services. A wise choice!
Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, is associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and is governor of the American College of Physicians, New Jersey South.