Professional Issues

Are You Choosing Wisely in Your Professional Practice?

delivery of health care, patient care, organizations
CJON 2016, 20(2), 211-212. DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.211-212

To enhance the value of care provided to Americans, the American Board of Internal Medicine and Consumer Reports launched the Choosing Wisely® initiative in 2012. Choosing Wisely educates providers and patients about high-frequency, low-value care practices that can be avoided to decrease cost and increase the value of health care. The Oncology Nursing Society collaborated with the American Academy of Nursing to add the first-ever nursing-focused list to those previously submitted by more than 70 specialty societies.

At a Glance

  • The Choosing Wisely initiative offers national healthcare specialty organizations the opportunity to specify which low-value practices to avoid to help promote high-quality patient care.
  • More than 70 specialty organizations and more than 30 consumer groups have signed on to develop and disseminate these recommendations.
  • Provider and patient education and communication are essential to promote implementation of these recommendations across care settings and specialties.
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