In October 2016 we officially launched Choosing Wisely, although work began on the programme in 2015.

Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses. By having discussions that are informed by the doctor, but take into account what’s important to the patient too, both sides can be supported to make better decisions about care. Often, this will help to avoid tests, treatments or procedures that are unlikely to be of benefit.

The aim of the programme is to help patients and their clinicians choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary
  • Consistent with patients’ values.

Choosing Wisely UK is focusing on shared decision making and encouraging every patient to ask the following four questions when they see their doctor or nurse:

  1. What are the   BENEFITS?
  2. What are the   RISKS?
  3. What are the   ALTERNATIVES?
  4. What if i do      NOTHING?

For further information please see the Choosing Wisely UK website which also lists the current recommended tests, treatments and procedures that may have limited benefit to patients.