S.C.A.R.E. aims at “Choosing Wisely – Caring from knowledge”

  • Luz María Gómez Buitrago Scientific directorship, Colombian Society of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation (S.C.A.R.E.). Bogotá, Colombia. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5156-3829
  • Nubia Fernanda Sánchez Bello Anesthesia and Perioperative Research Group, Research and Scientific Publications Area, Colombian Society of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, (S.C.A.R.E.). Bogotá, Colombia. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4906-2144
  • Jorge Rubio Elorza National Board of Directors. Colombian Society of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation (S.C.A.R.E.). Bogotá, Colombia.
Keywords: Decision making, Patient care, Low-value care, Medical overuse, Colombia, Anesthesiology


The Choosing Wisely initiative has become a significant benchmark as a strategy to reduce low value tests and therapies. An original initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) which has been growing gradually and is now present in over 18 countries, with the support of more than 80 scientific societies around the world.

In Colombia, the strategy is being accepted by the Colombian Association of Scientific Societies (ACSC), which with the support of six pioneer Colombian scientific societies, have encouraged the development and implementation of “do not do recommendations”, with a view to fulfil the right to self-regulation of human resources in healthcare, reducing those medical behaviors that could be ineffective or harmful to the patient.

This article is an overview of the most significant items of the initiative which has been conducted by the ACSC, with the support of the Colombian Society of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation (S.C.A.R.E.) as a pioneer.


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Gómez Buitrago LM, Sánchez Bello NF, Rubio Elorza J. S.C.A.R.E. aims at “Choosing Wisely – Caring from knowledge”. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2023 May 17 [cited 2023 Sep. 27];51(3). Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/1075


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Gómez Buitrago LM, Sánchez Bello NF, Rubio Elorza J. S.C.A.R.E. aims at “Choosing Wisely – Caring from knowledge”. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2023 May 17 [cited 2023 Sep. 27];51(3). Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/1075


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