By Marshall, Katherine A. DNP, PMHCNS-BC, NP, CNE; Hale, Deborah MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
The Choosing Wisely program for geriatrics was developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in 2013 to pro-
mote patient-centered care by encouraging patient–doctor relationships through improved communication, and to create an awareness of overutilization of medical resources in the care of older patients. The program focuses on educating consumers and promoting conversations between clinicians and their patients by providing talking points on specific and common treatments offered to older patients. Emphasis is placed on care that is evidence-based, free of harm, truly necessary, and non-duplicative of other tests and procedures already utilized (AGS, 2015).