ASHP Joins Choosing Wisely Campaign

Pharmacist Group to Help Promote Patient-Clinician Conversations About Unnecessary Treatments

BETHESDA, MD — ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) today announced its partnership with the ABIM Foundation on the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an initiative to reduce waste in the healthcare system and avoid risks associated with unnecessary treatment. ASHP is the first pharmacy organization to participate in the campaign.

ASHP is the national professional organization whose more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians serving as patient care providers on healthcare teams in acute and ambulatory settings. As a partner in the Choosing Wisely campaign, ASHP will develop and release an evidence-based list of medications or treatments that may be overused or inappropriate. The recommendations proposed by ASHP and the nearly 100 national and state medical specialty societies, regional health collaboratives, and consumer partners in the initiative will be used to promote clinician and patient conversations about appropriate care.

“The Choosing Wisely campaign aligns with ASHP’s vision of ensuring that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “ASHP is pleased to join Choosing Wisely, and we look forward to contributing the expertise of our members to advance the campaign’s goals.”

“Conversations about what care patients truly need are a shared responsibility among all members of the healthcare team,” said Richard J. Baron, M.D., President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. “ASHP’s forthcoming Choosing Wisely list will help pharmacists across the country engage their patients in a dialogue about what care is best for them, and what we can do to reduce waste and overuse in our healthcare system.”

The campaign reaches millions of consumers nationwide through a stable of consumer and advocacy partners, led by Consumer Reports, the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Consumer Reports has worked with the ABIM Foundation and medical specialty societies to create and distribute patient-friendly resources for consumers and physicians to engage in these important conversations. ASHP will work with Consumer Reports to develop patient resources to support the campaign.

To learn more about Choosing Wisely and to view the complete lists and additional details about the recommendations and evidence supporting them, visit www.ChoosingWisely.org.

 

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.

About the ABIM Foundation

The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Choosing Wisely

First announced in December 2011, Choosing Wisely is part of a multi-year effort led by the ABIM Foundation to support and engage physicians in being better stewards of finite health care resources. Participating specialty societies are working with the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports to share the lists widely with their members and convene discussions about the physician’s role in helping patients make wise choices. Learn more at www.ChoosingWisely.org.

About Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit, consumer organization working to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has achieved substantial gains for consumers on health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other issues. The organization has advanced important policies to cut hospital-acquired infections, prohibit predatory lending practices and combat dangerous toxins in food. Consumer Reports tests and rates thousands of products and services in its 50-plus labs, state-of-the-art auto test center and consumer research center. Consumers Union, a division of Consumer Reports, works for pro-consumer laws and regulations in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. With more than eight million subscribers to its flagship magazine, website and other publications, Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, payment or other support from the companies whose products it evaluates.