The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) has joined with Choosing Wisely®, a campaign of Consumer Reports, to provide resources for consumers and physicians to engage in important conversations about the overuse or misuse of medical tests and procedures that provide unnecessary and potentially harmful medical care.
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Top Choosing Wisely resources
Care at the End of Life for Advanced Cancer Patients (ASCO)
Although it is hard to accept, the best thing for you may be to stop treatment for the cancer.
Feeding Tubes for People with Alzheimer’s (AGS, AAHPM)
Feeding tubes sometimes do more harm than good. Here’s why.
Implanted Heart Devices at the End of Life (AAHPM)
An ICD helps the heart beat normally. But if you are near death, those shocks can make things worse.
Palliative Care (AAHPM)
With palliative care, you can get physical, emotional, and spiritual support at any stage of a serious illness.
Advice for Caregivers: Treatments and Tests for Seniors
Some tests and treatments won’t help older adults. They may even be harmful, especially near the end of life.
Medicines to Treat Cancer (ASCO)
Drugs used to treat cancer can also cause harm, and some are very expensive. Here’s what to discuss with your doctor.
Antibiotics: Will They Help You or Hurt You?
Do you really need antibiotics? They can help you. But they also can harm you.
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Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People (AGS)
Many older people get antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections when they don’t need it.
Antipsychotic Drugs for People with Dementia (AGS)
Powerful antipsychotic drugs should not be the first choice for people with dementia. Here’s why.
Cholesterol Drugs for People Over 75 (AMDA)
If you are age 75 or older and you haven’t had symptoms of heart disease, statins may be a bad idea.
PSA Test for Prostate Cancer (AAFP)
The PSA screening test is widely used, but often is not needed.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Radiation for Cancer (ASTRO)
Radiation therapy can help treat cancer and the painful symptoms from tumors. But it’s not always needed.
Urinary Tract Infections in Older People (AGS, AMDA)
Older adults are often tested for UTIs. But if you don’t have symptoms, the tests are not very useful.