Health ReformMedical EthicsNewsPolicy & LawPublic Health

Medical Tests You May Not Need

1 Mins read

Choosing Wisely is part of a multi-year effort of the ABIM Foundation (Advancing Medical Professionalism to Improve Health Care) to help physicians be better stewards of finite health care resources. 

Choosing Wisely is part of a multi-year effort of the ABIM Foundation (Advancing Medical Professionalism to Improve Health Care) to help physicians be better stewards of finite health care resources. 

 
The goal of this campaign is to help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about overuse of health care resources in the United States.
 
Originally piloted by the National Physicians Alliance through a Putting the Charter into Practice grant, nine medical specialty organizations, along with Consumer Reports, have identified five tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. 
 
The resulting “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” will spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments. It received national New York Times attention earlier this year. Here are tests in question.
 
 
EKGs and exercise stress tests
Imaging tests for headaches
Treating sinusitis
Imaging tests for lower-back pain

Bone-density tests
Pap tests
Treating heartburn and GERD 

Read more in this Consumer Reports document.

 

 

Related posts
Policy & Law

Understanding Medical Malpractice and Negligence

4 Mins read
Medical malpractice and negligence are complex areas of the law, and they’re things that medical professionals and patients alike need to have…
News

FFP3 Masks: Are They Re-usable & Where Can You Buy Them?

2 Mins read
Droplets and particulate matter, which are practically undetectable in our inhaled air, are two of the foremost dangerous healthcare problems in the…
Policy & Law

Common Defenses a Personal Trainer Can Raise Against You in a Lawsuit

3 Mins read
Training in a gym comes with several risks. You can suffer life-threatening injuries that require a lot of money to treat. The…