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Choosing Wisely
in Northeast Ohio
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Better Health Greater Cleveland is one of 21 organizations that have been funded by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to help advance its national Choosing Wisely® initiative. Better Health primarily will target generalist physicians and their trainees while simultaneously engaging relevant specialty disciplines to help develop and disseminate digital and in-person educational materials and teaching. A synergistic and parallel effort will be developed to reach consumers, both the public at large and patients.

Choosing Wisely aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary
In response to this challenge, national organizations representing medical specialists have been asked to “choose wisely” by identifying five tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The resulting lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” will spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.

Recognizing that patients need better information about what care they truly need to have these conversations with their physicians, Consumer Reports has partnered in the initiative and developed patient-friendly materials and is working with consumer groups to disseminate them widely.
Choosing Wisely
This one-page summary gives a brief overview of Choosing Wisely and the importance for patients and physicians to work together to make wise choices. The paper also describes the core components of the campaign and lists Choosing Wisely partners to date.
Latest News
(October 1, 2013)
Better Health Greater Cleveland and its partners today kick off regional efforts to promote awareness and conversations among doctors and patients about tests and treatments that commonly are overused and many times unnecessary.
Join the Conversation
Are you using Choosing Wisely materials in practice? Are you having conversations with patients about overuse? Are you advancing, or exploring ways to advance, the goals of the campaign? Share with others what you are doing through social media to keep the conversation going.