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Choosing Wisely: An International Campaign to Combat Overuse

Choosing Wisely is a clinician-led campaign to address overuse. The campaign first started in the United States in 2012, and was led by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. With support from the Commonwealth Fund and partners including national clinician societies and associations, the campaign is now active in more than 20 countries.

Campaigns also have begun collaborating on measuring impact worldwide. Leaders from seven Choosing Wisely campaigns — in the United States, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, and Australia — established a consensus process to prioritize the top 10 Choosing Wisely recommendations. Guided by a set of principles, leaders chose the top recommendations from a list of more than 1,000 medical practices that have the most potential to harm patients, occur most frequently, and can be measured.

See the top 10 international recommendations on Commonwealth Fund’s website.

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