FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
LEAWOOD, Kan. — As part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely(www.abimfoundation.org) campaign, the American Academy of Family Physicians today released its third list of common tests and procedures that research suggests may be duplicative or unnecessary.
Launched in April 2012, Choosing Wisely is a national effort that has brought together more than 50 medical specialty societies to identify common tests, procedures and medications that may not be necessary or beneficial to patients.
“As primary care specialists, family physicians are the frontline providers for millions of Americans – so we have a duty to make sure our members are doing everything they can to provide the right care, for the right patient, at the right time,” said Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP, president of the AAFP. “In today’s healthcare environment, it is increasingly important to ensure physicians deliver the most effective, beneficial care possible. These Choosing Wisely lists can help our members identify treatments and procedures that may be wasteful.”
The AAFP’s new Choosing Wisely items are as follows:
As with its previous two lists, the new AAFP Choosing Wisely items were developed after months of careful consideration and review based on the most current medical evidence.
The AAFP is the only participating medical society to have released a Choosing Wisely list in all three phases of the campaign.
“The AAFP has shown tremendous leadership by releasing its list of test and procedures,” said Richard J. Baron, president and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. “The content of this list and all of the others developed through this effort are helping physicians and patients across the country engage in conversations about what care they need, and what we can do to reduce waste and overuse in our health care system.”
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).
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American Academy of Family Physicians Releases Third Choosing Wisely® List, Identifies Five Medical Procedures Doctors Should Question