How to Choose Wisely in Health Care

August 3, 2017

Relaxing in a hammock while reading a book on a tabletTaking good care of your health is important at every stage of life, especially as you get older. There are many tests, treatments, and procedures for older adults, but more health care is not always better. Which tests and treatments are right for you, and which ones might actually do more harm than good? You might be surprised. Even seemingly benign screenings done inappropriately can lead to harm, both physical and emotional. Consumer Reports, the familiar publication that rates products and services, is a partner in the Choosing Wisely campaign—a nationwide effort by medical specialists to name screenings, tests, procedures, and drugs that may not be necessary, are used too often, or may do more harm than good. Topics range from bone density tests to vitamin D tests, from antibiotics to painkillers, and prostate tests to Pap tests. 

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You can find more than 100 informational guides at www.consumerhealthchoices.org/resources.