NOV 08, 2017 6:00 AM PST

How Does the ABIM Choosing Wisely Initiative Affect Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine?

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  • Proprietor, The Fritsma Factor, Your Interactive Hemostasis Resource
    Biography
      George Fristma manages www.fritsmafactor.com, The Fritsma Factor, Your Interactive Hemostasis Resource, an informational blog supported by Precision BioLogic, Inc, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is the education director for BioMedica Diagnostics, Inc., Windsor, Nova Scotia.

      George is a consultant for the Laboratory Medicine Division of the Pathology Department, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, where he provides lectures for pathology residents and for hematology and pathology fellows. George is an associate professor for Rutgers University and Michigan State University, where he provides web-based instructions in hematology and hemostasis.

      George provides international seminars and webinars in hemostasis and hematology. George is an author for Rodak's Hematology, 5th edition, 2016, Elsevier; and for Quick Guide to Blood Collection, 2nd Edition, 2016, Statistics and Quality Control, 2012; and Quick Guide to Renal Disease Testing, 2011. He is a consulting editor for the Clinical Laboratory Science journal. George holds a bachelor's in biology and chemistry from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a Masters in Medical Technology from Wayne State University, Detroit, and advanced course work from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Abstract

    In 2012, Consumers Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched the Choosing Wisely campaign. This initiative, which attracts media attention, assists physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and medical laboratory scientists identify overused diagnostic tests and treatments. Over 70 medical specialty societies now collaborate with CR and ABIM to generate diagnostic and treatment guidelines. These include the American Association for Clinical Laboratory Science, the American Association of Blood Banks, the American Society for Hematology, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, who focus on laboratory test utilization and the blood product administration, CR and ABIM, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, support local "Champtions" who develop means for applying Choosing Wisely recommendations. We examine the effects of Choosing Wisely on medical laboratory test ordering and interpretation. 


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