Campaign to fight unneeded tests targets “more is better” mindset

There are now 135 tests, procedures and other medical interventions that specialty societies are urging physicians to think twice about before ordering, as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely initiative. The items were chosen based on evidence showing they are ineffective or unnecessary.

The campaign, launched with a list of 45 items in April 2012, also is stepping up its efforts to communicate a key message to patients, families and the public — in medicine, sometimes less is more. The widespread view that a physician who denies a test or treatment is offering substandard care puts pressure on doctors to order interventions against their better judgment, say the initiative’s leaders.

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