From Journal Watch today. I applaud the ABIM for raising awareness on the need for more discernment in all medical tests and procedures. We are too wasteful!
"The American Board of Internal Medicine, in partnership with nine medical specialty groups, is urging physicians to perform 45 common tests and procedures less frequently, the New York Times reports.
The Times notes that unnecessary treatment accounts for an estimated one third of medical spending in the U.S.
The initiative, called Choosing Wisely, is aimed at both physicians and patients. Among the tests and treatments being cited:
Routine EKGs during physicals
MRIs for back pain
Antibiotics for mild sinusitis
Routine stress cardiac imaging in asymptomatic patients
Imaging scans for simple headaches"
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