Unnecessary healthcare tests on the decline, says The Joint Commission Journal study

The Joint Commission detailed the results of a study published in the December 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety which found a 2013 campaign to reduce unnecessary healthcare tests made a difference in providing more evidence-based care instead of ordering unnecessary healthcare tests.

Here are the key details to know:

1. The multifaceted intervention targeted reducing unnecessary imaging for uncomplicated headaches, routine blood tests and osteoporosis screening for women without indication.

2. The initiative, called Choose Wisely, was focused on improving quality through value-based care and promoting meaningful care discussions between patients and clinicians.

3. The study showed a reduction in unnecessary tests, with results sustained after reports were no longer sent to physicians about test use.

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