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Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Recommended Reading: Reflecting on the Choosing Wisely Journal Articles of 2012

Since nine medical specialty societies announced their lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in April, 55 published journal articles have referenced the Choosing Wisely® campaign. For the final Recommended Reading post of 2012, we’ve culled a selection of those articles, and will share more in the new year. In order of publication [...]

Recommended Reading: December 8 – 14

This week’s Recommended Reading contains a roundup of the latest articles on medical professionalism. In a new JAMA commentary the authors examine the impact of duty hour restrictions on residents’ professionalism. They assert that trainees currently exhibit “nostalgic professionalism” by placing the needs of patients and the profession above personal well-being. The authors feel that [...]

Five Reasons Choosing Wisely® Has Appeal to Physicians

We’ve heard from a number of physicians across the country that they are beginning to think through ways to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign. They are embracing the recommendations from the specialty societies and exploring how conversations between physicians and patients about reducing overused or wasteful tests and procedures can be embedded in their practices. [...]

Recommended Reading: December 1 – 7

The Choosing Wisely® campaign continues to generate conversations about improving care, both here in the U.S., as well as internationally. Read more in this week’s Recommended Reading: In “The Choosing Wisely Campaign and Its Potential Impact on Diagnostic Radiation Burden,” two radiologists at Johns Hopkins University examine the possible effects of Choosing Wisely imaging recommendations [...]

Physician Skepticism About Industry-Funded Clinical Trials

In a recent New England Journal of Medicine article “A randomized study of how physicians interpret research funding disclosures” Dr. Kesselheim and colleagues found that internists harbor mistrust of industry-funded clinical trials. In his accompanying editorial, Dr. Jeffrey Drazen states that “how trials influence practice should be based on the quality of the information conveyed [...]