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: Choosing Wisely is a campaign of the American Board of Internal Medicine that aims to promote evidence-based practices to reduce unnecessary ordering of tests or procedures. As part of this campaign, the Endocrine Society advises against ordering a serum total or free triiodothyronine (T3) level when assessing levothyroxine dosing in hypothyroid patients. This study was performed to assess and reduce inappropriate laboratory ordering practices among providers who manage patients with hypothyroidism within a large U.S. academic health system. : A best practice alert (BPA) in the health record was developed and implemented following the collection of baseline data. This alert consisted of a pop-up window that was triggered when a serum T3 laboratory test was ordered for patients prescribed levothyroxine. The alert required user acknowledgement before the serum T3 laboratory test could be ordered. : During the six-week period prior to launching the BPA, serum T3 tests were ordered a mean of 162.3 ± 15.4 [standard deviation] occurrences per 10,000 patients per week. Over a 15-week period following implementation of the BPA, the frequency of serum T3 orders steadily decreased and resulted in >44% fewer inappropriate tests being ordered. : Although national societal guidelines recommend against ordering serum T3 concentrations while monitoring patients with hypothyroidism managed with levothyroxine, these laboratory tests are frequently ordered. Development of a triggered alert in the health record may reduce inappropriate monitoring practices, decrease costs, and improve utilization of limited healthcare resources for this common clinical condition. triiodothyronine; best practice alert; American Thyroid Association; United States; thyroid stimulating hormone.


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Name: Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
ISSN: 1530-891X


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