United States health care provider organizations representing more than one million providers developed lists of Things Physicians and Providers Should Question in recognition of the importance of conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.
These lists represent specific, evidence-based recommendations providers and patients should discuss together in order to make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on their individual situation. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.
Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, providers and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.
In collaboration with the partner organizations, Consumer Reports has created resources for consumers and providers to engage in these important conversations about the overuse of medical tests and procedures that provide little benefit and in some cases harm.