Helping physicians and patients engage in crucial conversations
Launched in 2012, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) called Choosing Wisely® focused on promoting these crucial conversations. The nation’s leading specialty societies, along with Consumer Reports, have joined Choosing Wisely to encourage physicians and patients to be aware of medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some cases cause harm. Each participating specialty society created a list of “Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” that provide specific, evidence-based recommendations physicians and patients should use to make effective and safe decisions on the most appropriate care based on their specific situation. Locally, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) was awarded the 2013-2014 ABIMF grant to further advance the recommendations and concepts across Iowa.