Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments and make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
According to the Choosing Wisely Website, up to 30% of tests, treatments, and procedures in Canada are potentially unnecessary. Unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures do not add value for patients and potentially expose patients to harm.
Further, they often lead to more testing, which sometimes results in investigating findings that may be clinically meaningless and may never affect a patient during his or her lifetime. This, in turn, may result in unwarranted stress for patients and their families, and the unnecessary consumption of precious time and resources.
Visit http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org for more information
We support the choosing wisely campaign and agree that for a test to be useful it must provide information that is clinically meaningful and potentially helpful in directing care. The core of the Choosing Wisely Campaign is a strong physician-patient relationship that allows for clear communication and open discussion about why a certain investigation is, or sometimes is not, being ordered.
For assistance and information, contact us at Sunset Ridge Medical Clinic in Cochrane, Alberta.