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When the Choosing Wisely campaign was launched in 2012, the stated goal of the initiative was to "spark conversation" about the necessity of certain frequently ordered tests and treatments.
In a commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February, Nancy Morden, an associate professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and colleagues wrote that the creators of the campaign "carefully crafted a recommendation for 'conversation,' emphasizing individual patients' needs as the top priority, preserving the preeminence of physician judgment, patient choice, and the therapeutic dyad."
But, while the stated goal of the program was to kick-start this conversation about unnecessary testing, Morden and her fellow authors also pointed out that the true value of the initiative will be its ability to effectively reduce those services listed by each of the participating specialties.
Currently, we are seeing evidence that Choosing Wisely recommendations--many of which are related to radiology and medical imaging--are, indeed, having an impact. Read more...
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