From anesthesiology to vascular surgery, get all the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations
for what your patients may need and what they may not.
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 for patients. And of course unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.
About the Lists
Canadian national societies, representing a broad spectrum of physicians, participating in the campaign have or are in the process of developing lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” These lists contain tests, treatments or procedures commonly used in their specialty, but are not supported by evidence, and/or could expose patients to unnecessary harm.
National specialty societies are free to determine the process for creating their lists, as long as they are done in accordance with the following principles:
1. The development process is thoroughly documented and publicly available.
2. Each recommendation is within the specialty’s scope of practice
3. Tests, treatments or procedures included are those that (a) are frequently used, and, (b) may expose patients to harm or stress.
4. Each recommendation is supported by evidence
Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations are not intended to be used to establish payment and coverage decisions. Rather, the lists are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, physicians and patients should use the Choosing Wisely Canada materials to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.
(Source: Choosing Wisely Canada website.)
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