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March 27, 2013
The Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports, kicked off last spring. It is an attempt to alert both doctors and patients to problematic and commonly overused medical tests, procedures and treatments.
As we get older, we may find the need or desire for significant medical testing and procedures. However, research is showing that some common tests and treatments may not be necessary. If your doctor is recommending one of the following things to you, it may be wise to question them about why. Discussing things with your doctor will help keep you healthy now and as you age.
A few of the tests that Family Physicians recommend you question include:
For a full list from the Family Physicians and 50 other medical specialties, you can go to http://www.choosingwisely.org.
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