Choosing Wisely Course Deepens Lab Community’s Knowledge of Test Utilization Issues
Monday, March 24, 2014
Pathologists play a vital role in improving patient care by advising clinicians which tests are appropriate and which are not. Now, they can deepen their understanding of the nationwide Choosing Wisely initiative through ASCP’s new, online course, “Choosing Wisely: How Pathologists Can Influence Appropriate Testing.” The course is designed to assist pathologists, residents, and laboratory professionals in becoming better informed about Choosing Wisely and ways to implement recommendations. Register now and earn two free CME or CMLE credits upon successful completion.
“Clinicians prescribe a lot of tests; yet some of these tests may duplicate those ordered by another doctor and others may be unhelpful for patient care. Pathologists and laboratory professionals are experts in this arena and can advise clinicians which tests are and are not appropriate.”
— Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM
The course covers the topics discussed by nationally and internationally recognized leaders who presented at a Dec. 7, 2013 Choosing Wisely symposium hosted by ASCP and CSP in San Francisco to assist California pathologists in effectively implementing ASCP’s Choosing Wisely best practices. The course also teaches learners how to facilitate conversations with clinicians about inappropriate testing.
A major proponent of patient-centered care and evidence-based medicine, ASCP is one of 37 medical societies participating in the ABIM’s Choosing Wisely campaign for test utilization. It is the only participating medical society that represents both pathologists and laboratory professionals.
Course materials include videotaped sessions at the symposium, featuring distinguished presenters George D. Lundberg, MD, FASCP, former editor of JAMA and MedScape; Richard L. Kravitz, MD, MSPH, of the University of California—Davis School of Medicine; Haya R. Rubin, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; and Beccah Rothschild, MPA, Senior Outreach Leader for Consumer Reports. Dr. E. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President, presented the introduction.
Upon completing the online course, participants should be able to:
recognize the importance and indications for using appropriate tests when considering a diagnosis;
use best practices in test ordering; and
identify methods for overcoming communication, organizational, and systems barriers to implementing Choosing Wisely best practices.
“Clinicians prescribe a lot of tests; yet some of these tests may duplicate those ordered by another doctor and others may be unhelpful for patient care,” says Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM, a Past President of ASCP who served as 2011-2012 Chair of the ASCP Institute Advisory Committee that developed ASCP’s Choosing Wisely recommendations. “Pathologists and laboratory professionals are experts in this arena and can advise clinicians which tests are and are not appropriate.”
As part of its ongoing efforts to collaborate in the interest of patients, ASCP will focus on appropriate test utilization for the next several years. The highly successful Choosing Wisely symposium in San Francisco has generated significant interest and has served as a catalyst for several other symposiums that ASCP is hosting around the country this year.
For more resources on test utilization, check out the Choosing Wisely Toolkit, which includes articles, and PDF guides that can be downloaded to share the Choosing Wisely mission with patients and colleagues.