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Table 1 Characteristics of Choosing Wisely recommendations

From: Do choosing wisely recommendations about low-value care target income-generating treatments provided by members? A content analysis of 1293 recommendations

Country n %
 United States 535 41.4
 Canada 309 23.9
 Italy 174 13.5
 Australia 172 13.3
 United Kingdom 56 4.3
 Netherlands 30 2.3
 New Zealanda 12 0.9
 Japan 5 0.4
Society n %
 Medical 646 50.0
 Surgical 243 18.8
 Diagnostic 181 14.0
 Allied healthb 137 10.6
 Other 86 6.7
Diagnostic test or treatment n %
 Test 624 48.3
 Treatment 628 48.6
 Both 24 1.8
 Neither 17 1.3
For or against a procedure n %
 Do 83 6.4
 Don’t 1210 93.6
 Alternative provided (if ‘Don’t’) 55 4.3
Wording n %
 Qualified 542 41.9
 Unqualified 751 58.1
Treatment recommendations (n = 552)c n %
 Apply to membersd 505 91.5
 Apply to non-membersd 47 8.5
 Income-generatingd 98 17.8
 Non-income-generatingd 454 82.3
  1. n Number of recommendations %: percentage of all recommendations (unless otherwise specified); anumber of unique recommendations mentioned in Choosing Wisely New Zealand; bincluding nursing, dentistry and pharmacy
  2. cexcluding treatment recommendations promoting a procedure (n = 58), from multidisciplinary societies (n = 33), from societies not directly linked to the delivery of health services (n = 9); dpercentage of 552 treatment recommendations