Earlier this year, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world's leading kidney organization, joined other groups in a campaign to help health care professionals and patients avoid wasteful and sometimes harmful medical interventions. A new article in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) outlines the ASN's top five recommendations for the campaign and the rationale behind them. Following these recommendations would lower costs and lead to better care for patients with kidney disease.
Unnecessary or redundant tests and procedures account for nearly one third of the medical care delivered in the United States. As part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, nine leading national medical specialty societies each created lists of five common, but not always necessary, tests or procedures in their fields that patients and physicians should question and discuss, taking into consideration patients' preferences, needs, and overall health goals as well as the potential benefits and harms of different options.