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REDUCING WASTE IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM & REDUCING POTENTIAL HARM
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE, AS HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS, TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW ABOUT THE TYPES OF HEALTH CARE TESTS WE GET AND FOR WHAT REASONS. VARIOUS LINKS IN THIS BLOG PROVIDE VALUABLE INFORMATION IN THAT REGARD.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PATIENTS LEARN HOW TO BE INFORMED AND PROACTIVE HEALTH CONSUMERS.
An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is working to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. Participating organizations have created lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” which include evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation.
Consumer Reports is developing and disseminating materials for patients through large consumer groups to help patients engage their physicians in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them.
Some experts say as much as 30 percent of the health care delivered in the United States is duplicative or unnecessary; may not improve people’s health; and may even be harmful. A new RWJF-sponsored survey lends support to that point of view. When it comes to unnecessary tests or procedures, nearly three out of four U.S. physicians agree: It's a serious problem. In a recent Culture of Health blog post, Susan Dentzer, RWJF senior policy adviser, recaps Choosing Wisely, a two-year campaign that shifts the spotlight onto many of the tests and treatments that both providers and patients should question, if not abandon completely.
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