The AcademyHealth and ABIM Foundation Research Community on Low-Value Care is a professional network for research producers and users to advance their work in eliminating low-value care in the U.S. and abroad.  The community is comprised of 162 members to date and includes researchers in academic and other settings, health system representatives, patients/consumers, clinicians, health plans, and policy-makers. The goals of the research community include:

  • Fostering connections, communications, and collaborations among researchers and end-users with an interest in reducing low-value care;
  • Facilitating exchange of information on new evidence, research methods, and funding opportunities;
  • Identifying and spurring dialogue on shared challenges and key priorities for strengthening research, practice, and policy; and
  • Helping to generate new collaborations to conduct research or implement research findings.

Joining the community provides members access to a virtual space to connect and interact with peers; organized content to augment their knowledge on the latest research evidence, best practices, tools, data, and funding opportunities; and webinars, sessions, and thematic groups to learn, network, and find opportunities for collaboration to address key low-value care challenges.

Be Informed

  • Receive highlights on the latest research findings, national and regional conferences, and funding opportunities related to research on low-value care.
  • Dive deeper into examples of interventions, research methods, and findings through organized webinars.
  • Learn about shared challenges in low-value care research through discussion sessions.

Make Connections

  • Expand your network by making connections with members in the community through an online forum, webinars, shared challenges and solution sessions, and other group discussions.
  • Find future research partners and professional collaborators.
  • Become a mentor and/or a mentee to guide and learn.

Work Together

  • Join a thematic group to address a core issue in research on low-value care and work with peers to find solutions.
  • Publish papers or thought pieces with other members.
  • Tackle shared challenges in low-value care research by engaging in dialogue during organized sessions.
  • Share your ideas in the online forum, present during the webinars, and learn about your peers’ interests and work to explore potential ways to collaborate.
  • Find collaborators in the community for proposal development.

We are continuing to grow the community, if you are interested in joining or would like to learn more, please fill out this brief form or email  Visit the online community here.

Advisory Committee

Amy Berman, B.S., R.N.
The John A. Hartford Foundation
Diana Buist, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Group Health Research Institute
Jason Doctor, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Emmy Ganos, Ph.D.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
Eve Kerr, M.D.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research
Meredith Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Innovations in Measuring Low-Value Care

One of the major challenges to addressing overuse is robustly measuring incidences or prevalence of such care at the patient, provider, and systems levels. This introductory webinar for the Research Community on Low-Value Care showcased specific measures and innovative approaches to identify low-value care using different data sources.

Learning from Successes and Failures: Examples of Low-Value Care Programs and Interventions in Different Delivery Systems

Research and programmatic implementation of low-value care interventions in different delivery systems can illuminate what works to reduce unnecessary care in which settings. This webinar employed a spectrum of effective to unsuccessful interventions related to low-value care to harness lessons from strategies that work and those that have proven otherwise.

Searching for Effective Innovations I: Reducing Low-Value Care

This was the first in a series of three webinars, produced in partnership with The Commonwealth Fund, focused on high-priority topics in system transformation for which there is substantial international innovation and a learning opportunity for both U.S. and non-U.S. audiences. This webinar featured the latest evidence and experience on reducing low-value care from experts in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

For information on additional training opportunities contact

Past Events

Strategies to Reduce Low Value Care: Informing Decisions at the Patient, Provider and System Levels

2016 Choosing Wisely Summit


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