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

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Calling All Early Adopters

One great success since the Wave 1 launch that was not captured in the overview above is the number of health care delivery organizations that have expressed interest in, or are in the process of, implementing the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations. There is a real opportunity to form a national learning collaborative and we are in the process of bringing identified ‘early adopters’ together to do so.

If you are an ‘early adopter’ of Choosing Wisely Canada, we want to hear from you! Send us an email at

Specialty Societies Update

Wave 1 Societies: Where Are They Now?

Canadian Association of General Surgeons Collecting member feedback on initial recommendations and next steps
Canadian Association of Radiologists Focused on implementation of initial recommendations
Canadian Cardiovascular Society Collecting member feedback on initial recommendations and working towards evaluation
Canadian Geriatrics Society Educating members on initial recommendations
CMA’s Forum on General and Family Practice Issues and College of Family Physicians of Canada Actively developing a second Top 5 list; will release with Wave 2 on October 29, 2014
Canadian Orthopaedic Association Educating members on initial Top 5 and considering additional recommendations
Canadian Rheumatology Association Focused on implementation of initial recommendations
Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Preparing outcome metrics for select recommendations to enable standardization and comparison


Save the Date: Wave 2 Launch of Choosing Wisely Canada Will Launch Wednesday, October 29, 2014

National specialty societies committed to participate include:

  • Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
  • Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists*
  • Canadian Association of Pathologists
  • Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology*
  • Canadian Hematology Society
  • Canadian Society for Surgical Oncology*
  • Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine
  • Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Canadian Society of Nephrology
  • Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
  • Canadian Urological Association
  • Occupational Medicine Specialists of Canada

* Will submit a joint list under the leadership of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)


A 3rd Wave of Choosing Wisely Canada will launch in early 2015. National specialty societies committed to participate include: Canadian Anesthesiologists Society; Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians; Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine; Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons; Canadian Critical Care Society; Canadian Dermatology Association; Canadian Lung Association; Canadian Neurological Society; Canadian Pediatrics Society; Canadian Psychiatric Association; Canadian Spine Society; and, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

What’s Next for Rheumatology?

Over the past year, the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) has been busy working on their list of 5 things rheumatologist’s do that may not be adding value to care. Starting with a core group of committed rheumatologists from across the country, CRA formed a working group to develop their list of ‘Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question’. The process was presented at the national society meeting as an oral presentation and poster.

Since the release of the Wave 1 launch, the CRA has been busy with next steps. They formed a committee of members from across the country to disseminate these items broadly. They have contacted provincial/regional rheumatology society leaders and have presented the Top 5 items at local rheumatology meetings and led discussions on how these items impact care. Working with patient advocacy groups such as the Arthritis Patient Alliance and the Arthritis Society, they are helping disseminate these lists by creating lay language pamphlets on the other 4 items not yet transcribed. A manuscript describing the process used to identify the list is in the process for publication to help other societies interested in creating their own lists.

The CRA is also very interested in evaluating the impact of Choosing Wisely Canada on the Rheumatology community. A survey was sent two weeks after the April 2, 2014 release to assess how many CRA members had heard about the campaign and their perceptions of the Choosing Wisely Canada items. The CRA plans to repeat this survey 6 months after the release to evaluate if there has been any change to the number of people who have heard of the campaign and whether it has impacted their practices. Members are leading research projects on evaluating the impact of these items and tools to educate trainees on these topics.

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