Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures do not add value to care. In fact, they take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives and contributing to stress and avoidable costs for patients. And of course unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.
Canadian national specialty societies participating in the campaign, representing a broad spectrum of physicians, have been asked to develop lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” These lists identify tests, treatments or procedures commonly used in each specialty, but are not supported by evidence, and/or could expose patients to unnecessary harm.
“More is not necessarily better when it comes to healthcare,” said Dr. Scott Wooder, president of the Ontario Medical Association. “It’s natural and understandable to want reassurance from a test or treatment, even if the evidence isn’t there to warrant it. But there are risks and complications associated with overtesting and overtreating.”
Choosing Wisely Canada was created by physicians. The Ontario Medical Association is a partner in the campaign, led by the Canadian Medical Association and Dr. Wendy Levinson of the University of Toronto.
Please visit www.choosingwiselycanada.org to learn more.