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Choosing Wisely® is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation to help physicians and patients engage in conversations to reduce overuse of tests and procedures, and support physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices.

Originally conceived and piloted by the National Physicians Alliance through a Putting the Charter into Practice grant, leading medical specialty societies, along with Consumer Reports, have identified tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The resulting lists of "Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" will spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.

Scheduled Choosing Wisely list release dates include:


Choosing Wisely partners that have released lists include:

Consumer Reports—the world's largest independent product-testing organization—is working with the ABIM Foundation to lead the effort. Several consumer-oriented organizations have joined Choosing Wisely to help disseminate information and educate patients on making wise decisions, including:


Learn more at www.ChoosingWisely.org.