The NPA congratulates Dr. Steve Smith and his team for the publication of their article, “The Top 5 Lists in Primary Care: Meeting the Responsibility of Professionalism,” available today in the May 23, 2011 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Describing the results of the NPA’s Promoting Good Stewardship in Clinical Practice project, inspired by the ABIM Foundation’s Physician Charter on Professionalism, this article explains how physician panels in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics identified common clinical activities that could lead to higher quality care and better use of finite clinical resources. The “Top 5” lists in each specialty reflect common clinical activities in primary care where the quality of care could be improved. The recommendations made by the panels of NPA doctors are strongly supported by the scientific evidence and would lead to significant health benefits and reduce risks, harms, and costs. The NPA is planning a second phase to its Good Stewardship project in which the “Top 5” lists will be put into practice.