Practising Wisely

Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment is a suite of new continuing professional development opportunities for primary care providers.

Participants identify opportunities to "practise wisely", with a focus on reducing over-prescribing, over-imaging, over-screening and over-monitoring using the latest evidence and tools from diverse sources. This workshop aligns closely with the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) campaign to implement good healthcare stewardship and avoid over-medicalization.

The program centres on case studies and incorporates individual reflection and group work. It helps participants to build communication skills to guide their patients through the shift from seeking sickness to enhancing health.

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

• Identify opportunities to reduce “too much medicine”
• Access and assess reliable, renewing online resources
• Integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care
• Communicate and build consensus with patients to reduce over-medicalization.

The workshop is structured in a modular format and is offered in 2 options:
  • A half-day case-based small-group workshop (Module 1 and one of Modules 2, 3 or 4)
  • A full-day, deep-dive into all 4 modules
Module One
We examine the harms and drivers of too much medicine and introduce a four-step approach to applying evidence to patient care with a focus on low back pain and ovarian cysts.
Module Two
Reliable, renewing online resources are put to work to support practice change. Cases centering on proton pump inhibitors and statins for primary prevention are the focus.
Module Three
Cancer screening is the topic here as participants differentiate risks and integrate relevant evidence into individual patient-care supported by shared decision-making.
Module 4
Evolving the annual physical exam to become a periodic health review personalized for each patient is a key element of this module. Poly pharmacy in the elderly and over-monitoring for diabetes are addressed as well.
In addition to the program modules, participants must complete pre and post course activities to be eligible for the full credit value of the program. The second follow up activity is completed three months following the in-person program session.
Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment has been certified as one of the first 3-credit-per-hour courses in the new Mainpro+ system - the highest level of certification available.
Get up to 18 Group Learning credits for the 4-module program.

Upcoming Workshops

Ontario College of Family Physicians
Mar. 2/18 - Ottawa 

Practising Wisely to Enhance Shared Decision-Making

Download Dr. Kimberly Wintemute's Keynote Presentation from Practising Wisely Day in Toronto.