More Ways to Improve Health and Reduce Harm: Choosing Wisely Phase 3

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Am Fam Physician. 2014 Mar 1;89(5):329.

This editorial was published online ahead of print January 15, 2014.

The Choosing Wisely campaign is now in phase 3. If you are already familiar with it, great, because we have some new ways to help you incorporate it more effectively into your practice. But, in case you are not familiar with it, this campaign is an unprecedented effort by 60 medical specialty societies who have collectively contributed more than 200 key clinical recommendations to help promote best practices and avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful medical interventions.1

American Family Physician (AFP) has helped to get the word out about the Choosing Wisely campaign.2 Starting with phase 2, we crafted a table of nearly 100 recommendations of particular interest to primary care clinicians, organized by discipline (http://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/journals/afp/choosing-wisely-table.pdf).3 We also featured individual recommendations on AFP's home page, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

As of February 1, 2014, phase 3 of the Choosing Wisely campaign adds more than 90 new primary care–relevant recommendations to the list (with more to come), which we have incorporated into the

Author disclosure: No relevant financial affiliations.

Address correspondence to Jay Siwek, MD, at siwekj@georgetown.edu. Reprints are not available from the authors.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Siwek is editor of AFP, and Dr. Lin is associate deputy editor for AFP Online.



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