The Choosing Wisely RI campaign promotes productive conversations between patients and doctor--conversations that research shows produce the right level of care and go a long way towards eliminating tests, procedures and medications that provide, little, if any benefit. The campaign is organized and promoted by the Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH) and draws on the expertise of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. While we provide materials that enable patients to have informed conversations with their doctors and other health care providers, we do not provide any individual medical advice.

Choosing Wisely provides employees free-of-charge access to online tools developed by ABIMF and their 80+ Specialty Society partners.

  • Over 110 online, easy to read, evidence-based materials that can be downloaded and printed.
  • 550+ medical recommendations for tests and procedures to avoid.
  • 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Wallet Cards to remind employees of the important question to ask when being prescribed a test or treatment.

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The Choosing Wisely Mobile Phone App for Apple and Android phones gives employees the chance to view the Choosing Wisely materials and recommendations on their phones -  possibly when they are in their physician's office!

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Join the more than 40 organizations who have already adopted Choosing Wisely. Launching the campaign for Your Employees is Easy!

Getting Started 

1. Schedule a Choosing Wisely Orientation Meeting: Contact Joanne Bilotta, RIBGH Choosing Wisely-RI Campaign Manager, at jbilotta.RIBGH@gmail.com to schedule an orientation meeting and sign the participation agreement.
 
2. Get the Word Out from the Top: Send out a companywide notice from senior leadership supporting the Choosing Wisely campaign to demonstrate the company’s commitment to the health and safety of your employees. 
 
3. Launch the Campaign:
 
a. Start by introducing the 5 Questions. Place the 5 Questions Poster in areas of high visibility throughout your company office(s) and distribute the 5 question cards in new employee orientation kits, open enrollment packages, and at company wellness activity events
 
b. Pick themes throughout the year starting with health issues that matter most to you.
 
c. Distribute the theme matching Choosing Wisely materials utilizing tools such as the Choosing Wisely App and Website, and your internal employee communications.
 
d.  Incorporate Choosing Wisely techniques to help your employees use their health care dollars effectively. 
 
e. Be creative and host fun activities to keep your employees thinking about making better health care choices.
 
f. Track and report your results.
 
4. Keep the Campaign Going:  Incorporate the Choosing Wisely Campaign into your Wellness and Workers Comp programs, activities and budgets so that the campaign will continue.
 

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Vision Care for Children

When they need it - and when they don't

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. In honor of this observance, we have included Choosing Wisely's recommendations on vision screenings for children from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).
 
According to AAPOS, children should begin routine vision screenings early in order to rule out the condition of amblyopia, or "lazy eye," which can lead to vision loss. Traditionally, vision screenings are conducted by your child's pediatrician through the reading of vision charts or the use of photoscreeners.  Photoscreeners measure the eye for vision impairment risk factors.
 
Here are the three key points the AAPOS advises parents to know about child vision care:
 
1. Most children don't need comprehensive eye exams each year.
Comprehensive eye exams are conducted by eye specialists, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. According to the AAPOS, children should only have comprehensive eye exams if they fail a routine vision screening, are diagnosed with a vision problem, or have a family history of vision problems. 15 in 100 children will fail a vision screening, but pass a comprehensive eye exam.
 
 
2. Children without symptoms don't need reading glasses.
Doctors sometimes prescribe low-level reading glasses for children who fail vision screenings.  According to the AAPOS, these glasses are often unnecessary and ineffective. If your child demonstrates the following symptoms, they may need reading glasses:
  • Frequent squinting, eye crossing, or eye rubbing.
  • Complaints about getting tired eyes or seeing double while reading.
  • Problems reading or doing school work.
3. Most children don't need retinal imaging tests.
Retinal imaging tests take photos or images of the retina, which is the part of the eye that sees light. According to the AAPOS, retinal imaging tests can be useful if a child:
  • Has been diagnosed with retinal or optic nerve issues.
  • Has diabetes, which can damage the retina.
  • Has low vision that doesn't get better with prescription glasses.
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