The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to supporting the Choosing Wisely® campaign with the goal of ensuring high-quality, cost-effective care for patients. The AAFP has identified a list of tests and procedures that both doctors and patients should carefully consider and openly discuss before incorporating them into a treatment plan.
The Choosing Wisely® campaign was created as an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to improve health care quality. More than 70 specialty societies have identified commonly used tests or procedures within their specialties that are possibly overused.
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.
This recommendation is provided solely for informational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. Patients with any specific questions about this recommendation or their individual situation should consult their physician.