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General Surgery: Open Access

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Diagnostic imaging overuse and the choosing wisely initiative

Author(s): Hassan A. Awashi, Mohammed H. Daghriri and Liaqat Ali Khan*

The choosing wisely initiative, a health educational campaign, was coined by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in 2012 and adopted by many medical organizations worldwide, including the Ministry of Health (MoH), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), as the Adaa initiative. The campaign aimed; to identify tests and procedures; that are unnecessary and inappropriate and do not contribute to the overall health of the patients and encourage doctor-patient discussions before proceeding with them. Diagnostic imaging; was one of the many tests and procedures that were overused. The overuse of this diagnostic imaging will only increase the patient’s cost of healthcare and the public spending in turn. In compliance with the choosing wisely initiative of Adaa health of the MoH, we conducted a survey after eleven-week of rigorous health education in Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital (PMBNH) Jazan, a regional tertiary care facility. A substantial decrease in diagnostic imaging; was observed, indicating the need for continuous health education programs among the physicians and patients to choose wisely and plan the best suitable management option that should be productive on one end and cost-effective on the other.

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