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engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

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CMPA provides advice to physicians on improving patient safety and reducing risks

In an article entitled, “The right test at the right time: Striking the proper balance”, the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) provides advice to Canadian physicians on stewardship, patient engagement and appropriate care. They make mention of Choosing Wisely Canada and say, “As part of the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) campaign 9 national medical organizations have released lists of 40 tests, treatments, and procedures that patients do not need in all circumstances. The initiative is primarily intended to help doctors and their patients address unnecessary and possibly harmful over-testing and over-treating. Physicians are not obliged to follow the CWC recommendations in all cases but should familiarize themselves with the relevant list of tests and procedures. The CWC “think twice” recommendations are based on definitive evidence and were developed to spur dialogue between doctors and their patients and to support delivery of high quality medical care.”

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Saskatchewan Medical Association News Digest publishes Choosing Wisely Canada Special Edition

The Saskatchewan Medical Association devoted their Summer 2014 News Digest to Choosing Wisely Canada. Don’t miss:

  • The President (Dr. Dalibor Slavik’s) Note, “Appropriateness and Choosing Wisely”, on pages 2 – 3, and article, “Choosing Wisely and the Unique Value of Physicians”, on pages 10 – 12
  • SMA’s Past President, Dr. Clare Kozroski’s, thoughts on Choosing Wisely Canada on page 29
  • The 12 page spread that includes all Wave 1 physician lists of recommendations on pages 30 – 41

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Atlantic Canada bans together in next step to implementation

In their September 2014 magazine issue, Doctors Nova Scotia describes the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign and the shift it is creating in the way Canadian physicians practice medicine; a shift from “more is better”. On July 15, Doctors Nova Scotia brought together medical representatives from New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador for a full day meeting to discuss next steps related to the campaign. As a result of this meeting, the Maritime provincial and territorial medical associations, along with Dalhousie Medical School, agreed to focus on implementation of the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations for physicians and are forming a working group to do so.

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