Choosing Wisely®: List: Tests and Treatments that Older Patients and Providers Should Question

Product Type : Guidelines, Recommendations & Position Statements
Language : English
Publisher :American Geriatrics Society
Editors : AGS Choosing Wisely Workgroup
ISSN : DOIs: 10.1111/jgs.12226, 10.1111/jgs.12770
Year of publication : 2013-2014



These recommendations published by The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) incorporate data obtained from a literature review of the most recent studies available at the time. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These Recommendations are intended for general information only, are not medical advice, and do not replace professional medical care and physician advice, which always should be sought for any specific condition.


The AGS is pleased to have partnered with the American Board of International Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's Choosing Wisely® Campaign to help physicians, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders think about and discuss the overuse of healthcare resources in the U.S. The national campaign aimed to help patients take a more involved role in their health care by learning to choose medical tests and treatments supported by scientific evidence, not duplicative of past tests or procedures, and truly necessary for diagnosis or treatment.


In 2012, the ABIM Foundation launched the Choosing Wisely® campaign to encourage people to learn more about the tests and treatments their healthcare providers might recommend. From 2012 to 2023, more than 80 medical societies provided examples of tests or treatments commonly used in their fields but may not have enough medical research to show safety or effectiveness. The ABIM Foundation no longer maintains Choosing Wisely® lists on their website.

The American Geriatrics Society regularly reviews our Choosing Wisely® list and related materials. The information contained on this page is considered up-to-date.


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