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Clinical Tools and Resources for Primary Care

Recommendations for All Specialties - Choosing Wisely Canada

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.)

Keywords: Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Hematology, Internal Medicine
Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Nuclear Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Paediatric Surgery, Palliative Care, Pathology, Psychiatry,  Radiology, Rheumatology, Spine, Transfusion Medicine, Urology, Vascular Surgery

The Clinical Tools and Resources listing links primary care providers with information that may aid in their clinical decision making. In most cases, these resources are created by third parties. The Ontario College of Family Physicians accepts no responsibility for the use or misuse of any of the information provided. Users are required to use their own clinical judgement when dealing with the individual patient.

The OCFP has attempted to provide up-to-date materials for clinician use while recognizing that the rapid evolution of materials may result in the information provided becoming outdated. Users are encouraged to consult the original sources for updated versions as they become available and for further information about the individual resource, its terms of use and limitations. Inclusion in the listing does not indicate endorsement by the OCFP.