In April 2012, the AAFP joined eight other medical specialty organizations in signing on to the Choosing Wisely campaign, a national initiative spearheaded by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and designed to improve patient care while reducing possible harms from unnecessary tests and procedures. After working individually and collaboratively to create evidence-based lists of overused tests and treatments for their individual specialties, each of the nine organizations released a list of five such recommendations.
Fast forward to today. With well more than 300 Choosing Wisely recommendations from 60-plus medical specialty organizations already released -- and more on the way -- family physicians could certainly be forgiven for having trouble keeping up.
Enter the AAFP's clinical journal, American Family Physician (AFP), which is taking a multifaceted approach to promoting the Choosing Wisely campaign and making the recommendations easily accessible.
AFP medical editors have identified and organized the nearly 180 recommendations that are particularly relevant to primary care clinicians. Users can search those recommendations by keyword, topic area, sponsoring organization or source on the AFP website and choose which related information -- rationale, topic area, sponsoring organization and/or source -- to display alongside the recommendations retrieved. Users also can download a table showing the complete list of primary care-relevant recommendations as a PDF. Both the search tool and the table will be updated on a monthly basis as more recommendations are released.
In addition, articles in AFP that cover topics related to Choosing Wisely recommendations will include a table of "Best Practices" that highlights the relevant recommendations to help physicians put them into practice. Key individual recommendations also will be featured on the AFP home page, the AFP Facebook page(www.facebook.com) and the AFP Twitter feed(twitter.com).
Finally, for more about AFP's efforts to make the Choosing Wisely recommendations easily accessible to family physicians and other primary care health professionals, read an editorial penned by AFP Editor Jay Siwek, M.D., and Associate Deputy Editor Kenneth Lin, M.D., M.P.H.