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Choosing Wisely

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How can physicians and patients have the important conversations necessary to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time? Choosing Wisely® aims to answer that question.

An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm.

To spark these conversations, nine specialty societies created lists of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" — evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation.