Choosing Wisely

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the ABIM Foundation has awarded grants to seven national specialty societies, five state medical associations and 10 Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives to further help physicians and patients engage in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and procedures.

The RWJF grant also provided support for the ABIM Foundation to share best practices through a Choosing Wisely® Learning Network, and additional funding for efforts by Consumer Reports to educate consumers about the Choosing Wisely® lists. 

Download the summary of Choosing Wisely Initiative.

In an effort to ensure that patients get the care they need, over 50 specialty societies have joined the Choosing Wisely® campaign. They released evidence-based recommendations for “Things Physicians and Patients Should Question”. These recommendations launched a national discussion about questioning the need for many frequently ordered tests and treatments, and they have encouraged physicians and patients to converse  about the most appropriate care for each individual patient.

Full list of recommendations on our searchable site.

See the work that NRHI members and state-affiliated partners are doing through the Choosing Wisely:

Joining the Choosing Wisely® Network
Organizations that have a Choosing Wisely® plan and Board support are invited to join the Choosing Wisely® learning network. The learning network includes six webinars per year, affinity groups centered on engaging specific audiences, a virtual space for shared resources, and a list serve of recent peer-reviewed and popular media journal articles. For more information, contact Kelly Rand at .

NRHI spoke with Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for ABIM Foundation, about the impact of the Choosing Wisely program since it began in 2012. Click on the video to see the full interview.