Should UK Physiotherapists Choose Wisely?

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Copnell, G. 2018. Should UK Physiotherapists Choose Wisely? Physiotherapy. 104 (4), pp. 395-399.
AuthorsCopnell, G.
Abstract

In 2012 the Choose Wisely campaign was launched in the United States in order to address concerns regarding medicalisation, over diagnosis and medical consumerism. The campaign has now spread internationally and includes a number of countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. The primary aim of the campaign is to facilitate healthcare professionals and patients to question the overall utility of medical interventions. Professionals through their professional organisations identify at least five commonly used interventions or tests, within their areas of speciality, which they feel provided no or little benefit to patients.

This paper provides the background to the Choose Wisely campaign. The paper reviews the concepts of medicalisation, over diagnosis and medical consumerism, before considering the utility of the campaign in the UK alongside other forms of governance such as NICE. The paper goes on to consider distributive justice as the principal ethical issue related to the campaign. The paper concludes by asking if UK based Physiotherapists should Choose Wisely.

JournalPhysiotherapy
Journal citation104 (4), pp. 395-399
ISSN0031-9406
Year2018
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.physio.2018.07.001
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2018.07.001
Publication dates
Online25 Jul 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Aug 2018
Accepted25 Jul 2018
Accepted25 Jul 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Elsevier
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