Choosing Wisely: Making good decisions about your health

Now more than ever, there is a lot of information (sometimes conflicting) on healthcare. What tests to get, what treatments to receive, what the costs are for the tests and treatments... and the list goes on. How do you know what to do with all of this? And who should you listen to?

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently took a stand for a program called Choosing Wisely. It's a guide to make more informed healthcare decisions, for both doctors and patients. Unfortunately, some doctors, chiropractors, and healthcare providers have recommended unnecessary diagnostic tests, medications, and procedures that may actually make patients worse and cost them extra money as well. 

The ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) foundation put together information on how to make health care decisions based on the latest research. In general these are recommendations from the top medical associations and research reviews, and some of them are surprising!

 

Topics include the following (click the link to read):

 

Brain scans for head injuries - when you need them and when you don't

 

Back Pain - when do you need x-rays or a back brace

 

Treatments and Tests your Baby May Not Need in the Hospital

 

Colonoscopy - When you need it and when you don't

 

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

 

Treating Sinus Problems

 

You can find hundreds of these fact sheets for various tests, conditions, and treatments here http://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/ 

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