Choosing Wisely recommendations avoid expensive treatments: study

Use of qualified language also left many recommendations open to interpretation

Professional medical societies are more likely to target non-members when coming up with Choosing Wisely recommendations on unnecessary medical interventions rather their own income-generating tests and treatments, a new study claims.

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And almost half of recommendations formulated under Choosing Wisely use qualified phrases such as ‘when possible’, ‘don’t routinely’ or ‘unless necessary’, which can be misinterpreted and result in no change to practice, the researchers say.

The global initiative began in the US back in 2012, with an aim of eradicating low-value,