Choosing wisely is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.
By having discussions that are informed by the doctor, but taking into account what’s important to the patient too, both sides can be supported to make better decisions about care. Often, this will help to avoid tests, treatments or procedures that are unlikely to be of benefit.
The FICM and ICS has contributed to a list of forty treatments and procedures that are of little or no benefit to patients, which have been drawn up by the UK’s medical royal colleges.
See here for full details.
The Choosing Wisely website has a section for patients as well as clinicians.