9:15 – 10:15 a.m. TODAY, Room W311ABCD; 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. today, Room W311ABCD
Kenny Lin, MD, MHP, FAAFP, is associate professor of Family Medicine and director, Robert L. Phillips Health Policy Fellowship Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He developed a search tool for primary care-related Choosing Wisely campaign topics (www.aafp.org/afp/recommendations/search.htm) as an editor for American Family Physician. As a researcher with interests in evidence-based medicine, Lin wrote a paper for the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine evaluating Choosing Wisely recommendations. He also served as Chair of the AAFP’s Subcommittee on Clinical Practice Guidelines, which reviews the Academy’s current 15-item CW list for currency and develops new recommendations as needed.
Lin will describe the origins and purpose of the Choosing Wisely campaign, launched in 2012 by the ABIM Foundation. He also will discuss evidence that it has changed family physicians’ practices and review selected high-impact CW recommendations that have the potential to reduce harm and save money for patients.
WHY THIS SESSION MATTERS TO YOU
“As a specialty, if we want to be appropriately rewarded for keeping patients healthy and improving the quality of their care, we need to be leaders in the effort to eliminate unnecessary and/or potentially harmful medical interventions,” Lin said.
Lin would like session attendees to return their practices and implement at least one of the Choosing Wisely campaign recommendations through staff education and creating protocols to question potentially unnecessary care. And the discussions also need to go beyond the staff.
“Engage in shared decision-making conversations with patients about potentially non-beneficial or harmful tests or treatments,” he said.
Family physicians also need to help subspecialists choose wisely by communicating with them about the lack of good evidence supporting routine preoperative or pre-procedural testing.