Choosing Wisely

Collective Impact brings people together for a structured way to achieve social change.


Healthcare delivery in the U.S. contains too much duplication, waste and sometimes comes at an unnecessary increased risk to the patient. Patients need better information about what care they truly need, and they need to be able to talk with their physicians to get that information.


To help patients engage their health care provider in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them, patient-friendly materials were created based on the specialty societies’ lists of recommendations of tests and treatments that may be unnecessary.

The mission of Choosing Wisely is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary


Chemical Bank

“Choosing Wisely is about changing patterns. Patients have patterns.  Families have patterns. Doctors and nurses have patterns. Changing patterns is never easy for anyone. But the Choosing Wisely content is safe, and it’s something that all of us can use to change our patterns.”

Mark Wendling, MD