Nine medical societies have identified five tests and procedures in their respective fields that they say are commonly ordered but often unnecessary.
The physician organizations, including the American Society of Nephrology and the American Academy of Family Physicians, are part of Choosing Wisely, a collaborative initiative led by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer Reports. The project, launched in December, is aimed at decreasing healthcare misuse and overuse.
The societies questioned a range of common practices, such as ordering routine cancer screening tests for dialysis patients who have limited life expectancies and prescribing antibiotics for sinusitis patients. The lists they developed—"Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question"—should be used as evidence-based tools to guide the practice of healthcare, the ABIM Foundation said in a news release.