Reducing Low-Value Care in Vulnerable Populations – Clinician Engagement

The resources below can help safety-net practices, hospitals and systems engage their clinicians in Choosing Wisely. They have been broken into sections by time commitment:

  • If you have five minutes, check out our top five insights from each area.
  • If you have twenty minutes, read sample scripts, review tools or listen to a short podcast.
  • If you have an hour to dedicate, read the source journal articles, watch a webinar or join our learning network to connect with others.

If you have five minutes…

Five things to consider when working:to decrease low-value care when serving vulnerable populations:

Keep the focus of clinician-patient conversations on improving patient safety (vs. decreasing health care costs).

Be sure to present your recommendations respectfully and non-judgmentally.

Involve your care team so patients hear the Choosing Wisely message in multiple ways from multiple people.

Be aware that most patients value your time with them more than the tests or treatments you order; patients generally appreciate and are open to honest conversations.

Consider coupling conversations that focus on reducing LVC with complimentary messages re: opportunities to increase high value care (e.g. preventive care).

If you have 20 minutes…




If you have 60 minutes…




  • Present the Choosing Wisely slide deck. (TK)

If you need assistance with this toolkit or implementing Choosing Wisely in your practice or system, please contact Kate Carmody at