Choosing Wisely Canada is proud to announce the release of Choosing Wisely Newfoundland and Labrador, known as Choosing Wisely NL. Choosing Wisely NL officially launched on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at a news conference at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. Organizations collaborating to initiate Choosing Wisely NL include: Transitional and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI), the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, the provincial government, regional health authorities, patients and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. To read about Choosing Wisely NL’s local healthcare priorities and more visit their website.
The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) has released an additional set of five Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations to encourage clinicians and patients to have conversations about tests and treatments that are overused in the emergency department.
The five new recommendations include:
- Don’t order CT head scans in adult patients with simple syncope in the absence of high-risk predictors.
- Don’t order CT pulmonary angiograms or VQ scans in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism until risk stratification with decision rule has been applied and when indicated, D-dimer biomarker results are obtained.
- Don’t use antibiotics in adults and children with uncomplicated sore throats.
- Don’t order ankle and/or foot X-rays in patients who have a negative examination using the Ottawa ankle rules.
- Don’t use antibiotics in adults and children with uncomplicated acute otitis media.
For the full list, including a rationale and key evidence to support each recommendation, see Emergency Medicine: Ten Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.
CAEP joins over 50 Canadian medical professional societies in publishing over 180 recommendations of tests and treatments that are overused with a goal of improving the quality of care delivered to Canadians.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and its Patient Education Committee, in collaboration with its key partners, developed new resources to help educate patients about preventive care. The new toolkit supports family physicians as they engage in proactive discussions with their patients about appropriate testing and treatment. This initiative is a positive step as a part of the CFPC’s efforts to nationally coordinate communication tools that family physicians and patients can access directly at the point of care.
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