The Choosing Wisely campaign began in 2012 as an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Following this beginning, similar initiatives developed in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and now Australia. Choosing Wisely Australia is led by Australia's medical colleges and societies and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise.
The goal of Choosing Wisely Australia is to start conversations between consumers and clinicians about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, enhancing the quality of care and, where appropriate, reducing unnecessary care. More information about Choosing Wisely can be obtained from the website http://www.choosingwisely.org.au.
Australia's peak colleges, societies and associations have developed lists of recommendations of the tests, treatments, and procedures that healthcare providers and consumers should question. Each recommendation is based on the best available evidence. CICM’s recommendations can be viewed http://www.choosingwisely.org.au/recommendations/cicm.
Importantly, all recommendations are not prescriptive but are intended as guidance to start a conversation about what is appropriate and necessary.
As each situation is unique, healthcare providers and consumers should use the recommendations to collaboratively formulate their own appropriate healthcare plan together.