Campaign to list poor medical practices

The initiative, called Choosing Wisely, is based on a US program originally set up to encourage conversations between medical colleges and associations as well as consumers about appropriate use of medical tests and other medical choices.

While NPS MedicineWise will coordinate and support the initiative, it said recommendations to come out of the campaign will be completely profession-owned.

The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPA) is the first of the medical colleges to release its Choosing Wisely recommendations.

The proposed recommendations, released Wednesday November 5, identify 10 tests that top current inappropriate requesting trends, including tests for urine cultures for asymptomatic bacteriuria, vitamin D and PSA, which topped the list.

RCPA president Associate Professor Peter Stewart said the new guidelines aimed to reduce inappropriate ordering by clarifying the often confusing information around pathology testing.