Choosing Wisely: A Special Report On The First Five Years

Philadelphia, October 26, 2017 – The ABIM Foundation released Choosing Wisely: A Special Report On The First Five Years to outline the many ways Choosing Wisely® is inspiring conversations, projects and collaborations to reduce overuse in health care. The report is available for download at

In April 2012, the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports formally launched the Choosing Wisely campaign with the release by nine specialty societies of “Top Five” lists of tests and treatments that clinicians and patients should discuss. Seventeen additional societies joined the campaign and released lists in February 2013.

Since that time, participation in Choosing Wisely has grown rapidly. More than 80 specialty societies have joined the campaign from a wide swath of disciplines, expanding beyond physician-led organizations to include nursing, dentistry, physical therapy and pharmacy. These groups have generated an impressive library of overused tests and treatments, collectively publishing 520 recommendations.

Choosing Wisely by the Numbers


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The ABIM Foundation advances professionalism as a force to improve quality and cultivate an environment that fosters excellent patient care. 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, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.