Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.
By having discussions that are informed by the doctor, but take into account what’s important to the patient too, both sides can be supported to make better decisions about care.
Often, this will help to avoid tests, treatments or procedures that are unlikely to be of benefit.
How choosing wisely can improve the way you receive care
A 92 year old lady was admitted to hospital with anaemia, frailty and a history of falls – She received 2 units of blood and was discharged home with care package after a few days. Some 2 months later she received an appointment for an endoscopy and colonoscopy and discussed her situation with her GP.
5 questions asked by the patient:
As she continued to make progress since Ieaving hospital, the patient decided to decline the invitation for colonoscopy and endoscopy. She remains well and has recently moved into a care home where she continues to enjoy her food and has not has any signs or symptoms of anaemia.
Downloadable prompt card can be found here.