Specialty Boards Recommend Less Frequent Use of 45 Common Tests, Procedures

As part of ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign, nine physician specialty groups have each identified five specific tests or procedures that they say are commonly used but not always necessary in their respective fields.

The list was drafted with the goal of improving healthcare costs and patient awareness while maintaining patient safety. The nine participating specialty organizations include the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American College of Radiology and the American Gastroenterological Association.


These experts have recommended less frequent use of a wide variety of tests and procedures, including brain imaging scans after fainting; stress imaging tests during annual check-ups and CT scans or antibiotics for chronic sinusitis.

For a full list of the 45 recommendations, click here.

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