The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to supporting the Choosing Wisely®(www.choosingwisely.org) campaign with the goal of ensuring high-quality, cost-effective care for patients. The AAFP has identified 15 tests and procedures(5 page PDF) that both doctors and patients should carefully consider and openly discuss before incorporating them into a treatment plan.
The Choosing Wisely®(www.choosingwisely.org) campaign was created as an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation(www.abimfoundation.org) to improve health care quality. More than 70 specialty societies have identified commonly used tests or procedures within their specialties that are possibly overused.
Watch Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, as he talks about the importance of the Choosing Wisely initiative to ensure high quality care. Dr. LeFevre is Future of Family Medicine Professor and Vice Chair at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri--Columbia.
To help reduce unnecessary or harmful treatments and tests, the AAFP recommends that family physicians have conversations with patients regarding the safety and efficacy of:
For Your Patients
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don't prescribe antibiotics for otitis media in children aged 2-12 years with non-severe symptoms where the observation option is reasonable.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Do not perform voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) routinely in first febrile urinary tract infection (UTI) in children aged 2-24 months.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Do not routinely screen for prostate cancer using a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or digital rectal exam.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Do not screen adolescents for scoliosis.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Do not require a pelvic exam or other physical exam to prescribe oral contraceptive medications.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or Cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks, 0 days gestational age.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Avoid elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor between 39 weeks, 0 days and 41 weeks, 0 days unless the cervix is deemed favorable.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don’t screen for carotid artery stenosis (CAS) in asymptomatic adult patients.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don’t screen women older than 65 years of age for cervical cancer who have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise at high risk for cervical cancer.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don’t screen women younger than 30 years of age for cervical cancer with HPV testing, alone or in combination with cytology.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don't do imaging for low back pain within the first six weeks, unless red flags are present.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don't routinely prescribe antibiotics for acute mild-to-moderate sinusitis unless symptoms last for seven or more days OR symptoms worsen after initial clinical improvement.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don't use dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) screening for osteoporosis in women under age 65 or men under 70 with no risk factors.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don't order annual electrocardiograms (EKGs) or any other cardiac screening for low-risk patients without symptoms.
Choosing Wisely® Recommendation: Don't perform Pap smears on women under the age of 21 or women who have had a hysterectomy for non-cancer disease.
The AAFP has collaborated with the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to develop the recommendations listed above regarding induction of labor.
All recommendations listed above are provided solely for informational purposes and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their physician.
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