Choosing Wisely

Encouraging conversations between physicians and patients to improve care.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) remains committed to supporting the Choosing Wisely®(www.choosingwisely.org) campaign with the goal of ensuring high-quality, cost-effective care to 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.

About Choosing Wisely®

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 50 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. 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.

Clinical Recommendations

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:

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.