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.

AAP Choosing Wisely Lists

Information for Parents and Families

AAP List of Endocrine Tests Doctors & Patients Should Think Twice About

Why Most Sore Throats, Coughs & Runny Noses Don't Need Antibiotics

CT Scans for Children with Head Injuries

Treatments & Tests Your Preemie May Not Need in the Hospital

The Truth About Home Apnea Monitors for SIDs

AAP List of Medical Procedures Doctors & Patients Should Think Twice About

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Note: 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.

Disclaimer: The guidance in Choosing Wisely lists do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.

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