When you or someone you care about becomes unwell, it is natural to want every available test and treatment ordered to ensure the best possible care.
It may come as a surprise, then, if your health professional asks you to wait and monitor symptoms instead of providing a script or referral for a test, procedure or treatment.
However, this approach – known as watchful waiting – may be in your best interest. Some tests, treatments and procedures are unhelpful, and can lead to more invasive approaches that are not needed, and which may prove to be stressful, expensive or even harmful to you.
NPS MedicineWise supports Choosing Wisely, a campaign that aims to let you and your health professional know which tests, treatments and procedures you may need to question.