Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients
engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

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Choosing Wisely in the Literature

A number of important articles have been published on the topics of overuse in the health care system and the Choosing Wisely movement over the past few months. We are eager to share a number of citations that may be of interest to you:

Choosing Wisely Canada Students Awarded 1st Prize for International Poster at American Geriatric Society Conference

Congratulations to two of Choosing Wisely Canada’s medical students, Billy Silverstein and Elliot Lass, who were awarded Best Poster at the American Geriatrics Society Conference International Poster Session in Washington DC on May 16th. Their poster outlined preliminary results from 291 surveys they distributed to patients at Family Health Team clinics in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, regarding their knowledge of appropriate use of common tests, treatments, and procedures. Survey results confirm the value in educating patients on the benefits and harm of fairly standard forms of treatment.

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CMAJ Test Your Knowledge Results: Choosing Wisely Canada

Over the course of 7 months ending March 5th, CMAJ ran 12 True/False questions related to Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations. Overall, an average of 70% of participants answered the questions correctly. However, as the table below shows, on two of the questions – both dealing with the ordering of imaging tests – the percentage of correct answers was 58% and 30%, respectively. These results suggest that there is much work to be done yet.

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