As this year nears its close, the Choosing Wisely campaign has steadily expanded with more than 30 new recommendations and updates to a handful of others. That brings to nearly 650 the number of recommendations published since the campaign’s inception. In addition, a handful of societies have selected several new Choosing Wisely Champions in recognition of those who have taken extra measures to curb unnecessary care or raise awareness about overuse in their fields.
Six specialty societies added new lists of five recommendations this year, with the American Society for Clinical Pathology reaching a total of 30 recommendations since joining the campaign in 2013, the most of any specialty society. Others that released new lists were:
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Rheumatology
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery
- American Society of Hematology and American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
- Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
- Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
In addition, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Neurology, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, AAGL, American Geriatrics Society and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America all updated their list.
Choosing Wisely Champions
Five specialty societies participated in the Choosing Wisely Champions program this year, recognizing members for projects and initiatives ranging from optimizing nuclear cardiology testing to developing test utilization analyses, metrics, guidelines and other tools for improving the diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated cystitis in post-acute and long-term care setting.
The specialty societies that celebrated new Champions were:
- AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
- American Geriatrics Society
- American Society for Clinical Pathology
- American Society of Hematology
- American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
- Case Study: COST Framework Achieves Reductions
- Attention to Overuse Grows Abroad
- Fast Track for TB Diagnosis