Last week, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation launched their Choosing Wisely® initiative. The nine medical societies in support of the initiative are warning patients and doctors to choose wisely when it comes to 45 common medical tests. Dr. Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, provides a brief overview of the initiative and some key takeaways in the short video below.
The patient-physician relationship of yore was pretty much one-sided. Physicians used to tell their patients what tests and procedures needed to be done and didn’t really offer much information on their condition, nor were patients asked to be involved in decisions regarding their own care. That relationship has begun to dramatically change; patients want and are given more information, and they are more involved. There is a growing body of research that points out the benefits of patient engagement. There is more information flowing from physician to patient; patients are now seen as an excellent source of information when taking their history and their preferences are carefully considered – “nothing about me without me.”
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Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, appeared in this CBS Evening News segment on the new