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March 2015
CLINICAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
IDSA Joins the “Choosing Wisely” Campaign to Cut Back on Unnecessary Medical Care

IDSA has joined the growing list of health care organizations lending their voices to the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, aimed at promoting conversations between health care providers and patients that will lead to care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of tests or procedures already received, free from harm, and truly necessary.

In partnership with this campaign, IDSA has released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” developed by the Society’s Quality Improvement Committee. The list, aimed at health care providers, includes:

1.    Don’t treat asymptomatic bacteruria with antibiotics.
2.    Avoid prescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory infections.
3.    Don’t use antibiotic therapy for stasis dermatitis of lower extremities.
4.    Avoid testing for a Clostridium difficile infection in the absence of diarrhea.
5.    Avoid prophylactic antibiotics for the treatment of mitral valve prolapse.

To learn more about the ABIM Foundation’s campaign, including lists aimed at health care professionals and consumers, visit www.choosingwisely.org.

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