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Dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for all North Carolinians.

The Choosing Wisely® in North Carolina initiative aims to reduce health care waste by helping patients make smart and effective health care choices.

Our results have seen significant reductions in the unnecessary use of:

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Pap tests
  3. Scans for osteoporosis

Taking the best care of yourself and your family includes talking with your doctor about necessary tests and treatments. Based on your situation, some tests or treatments may not be needed.

Fill out the short form below and receive a FREE checklist of questions to ask your doctor and tips from the National Institute for Health (NIH).


Choosing Wisely in North Carolina is a team effort of NCHQA’s five partners. Partners Duke Health and Cornerstone Health Care implemented programs to reduce unnecessary tests and procedures. The N.C. Medical Society, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees all conducted complementary efforts to educate clinicians and consumers in N.C. about the problem of test and antibiotic overuse.