Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely

AAP Campaign/Toolkits

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of over 80 medical societies and organizations that seek to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. It is lead by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation.

Its mission is to promote conversations between physicians and patients to choose care that is:

– Supported by evidence
– Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
– Free from harm
– Truly necessary


The American Academy of Pediatrics joined Choosing Wisely in 2012 during its inaugural year. Soon thereafter AAP experts and members were asked to identify tests or procedures commonly used in their specialty whose necessity should be questioned and discussed with patients. This call to action has resulted in specialty-specific lists of Things Providers and Patients should Question.



Information for Parents and Families




AAP News Articles



AAP Choosing Wisely Lists

Endocrinology
Infectious Diseases
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Nephrology
Orthopedics
Pediatrics
Rheumatology


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*Important note: Payers were involved at the inception of the program and agreed to the following:
Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, providers and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.