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Choosing Wisely Canada: one 30 second radio spot
OTTAWA, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - In a first for Canada, nine national
medical organizations today released lists of 40 tests, treatments and
procedures that patients do not need in all circumstances. The lists
have been developed to spur dialogue between doctors and their patients
and to ensure delivery of high-quality medical care.
The lists are based on definitive evidence that these specific
interventions provide no benefit to patients. They are the foundation
of Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign launched today to help physicians and patients engage in
conversations to make smart and effective choices to ensure
Clear and straightforward materials have been created for both
physicians and patients to support decisions on what procedure is
required or necessary, and what is not. For example, Choosing Wisely Canada would not recommend the ordering of diagnostic imaging for lower-back
pain of less than six weeks duration unless there are red flags.
"Choosing Wisely Canada is about changing the culture that more is
always better when it comes to medical tests and procedures," said Dr.
Wendy Levinson, founder of Choosing Wisely Canada, and a faculty member at the University of Toronto. "The goal of this is
about providing good care with the right patient getting the right test
and treatment and avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures."
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is a lead partner in the
campaign, which is focusing on linking best available medical evidence
to both physicians and their patients.
"The Choosing Wisely Canada lists and materials being developed are not
only a valuable conversation starter, but also a way for patients to
get good, useful and trustworthy information," said Dr. Chris Simpson,
CMA President-Elect. "Choosing Wisely Canada will empower both
physicians and their patients to be true partners in care."
The nine national medical organizations participating in the first phase
of Choosing Wisely Canada are:
Canadian Cardiovascular Society.
Canadian Association of Radiologists.
Canadian Medical Association Forum on General and Family Practice
Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.
Canadian Rheumatology Association.
Canadian Geriatrics Society.
Canadian Association of General Surgeons
The College of Family Physicians of Canada.
The societies each submitted "Top 5" lists of tests, treatments and procedures that physicians and
patients should question. The CMA Forum on General and Family Practice Issues and the College of
Family Physicians of Canada submitted a joint list.
Choosing Wisely Canada has been well received by various public and patient advocacy groups,
many of whom praised the effort to provide information for patients
that will allow them to better engage with physicians in the management
of their care.
To date, 30 Canadian medical specialty societies are at various stages
of engagement in the campaign.
"Choosing Wisely Canada started in Ontario, but its reach is growing every day and this is now
a truly national effort," said Dr. Levinson. "The lists being released
today will set the stage for more in the future. We have only just
The French version of the campaign is Choisir avec soin and was adapted in collaboration with the Quebec Medical Association.
Choosing Wisely Canada is modelled after the successful Choosing Wisely ® campaign in the United States, launched by the American Board of
Internal Medicine's, ABIM Foundation.
For more information and to access campaign material visit www.choosingwiselycanada.org
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional
organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and
comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60
national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
Canadian Medical Association Forum on General and Family Practice Issues
"I have been very pleased to be involved in helping develop the Choosing Wisely Canada materials because this is the type of information I have always felt
would be useful when I talk with patients," said Dr. Lisa Bonang, Chair
of the CMA Forum on General and Family Practice Issues and a family
doctor in Musquodoboit Harbour, NS. "Having it at hand now will help
both doctors and patients."
Canadian Society of Internal Medicine
"The Canadian Society of Internal Medicine promotes the health and
well-being of Canadian patients, their communities, and their health
care systems, the Choosing Wisely Canada initiative embodies that mission by providing trustworthy and valuable
information. Our members are committed to helping patients navigate
complex healthcare choices and are proud to be part of this important
campaign." said Dr. Christine Soong, Assistant Professor at the
University of Toronto and Hospital Medicine Program Director, Mount
Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network.
Canadian Rheumatology Association
"Today people have access to more information than ever before, though
sometimes it is very difficult to know what advice can be counted on,"
said Dr. Carter Thorne, a rheumatologist in Newmarket, Ont. and
past-president of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. "Choosing Wisely Canada is based on the best evidence that will help doctors and
patients engage in more effective discussions re tests and treatments."
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
"Choosing Wisely Canada has linked experts in various fields of medicine to develop lists of
procedures and tests that doctors and patients should question
together," said Dr. Heather Ross, a Toronto cardiologist and
vice-president, of the CCS. "More than that, however, Choosing Wisely
Canada delivers the message that 'more is not necessarily better' when
it comes to health care."
Canadian Geriatrics Society
"Canada is faced with an aging population and if we are going to meet
the growing and evolving needs of our society we will need more
initiatives like Choosing Wisely Canada that get important information
into the hands of patients and their families," said Dr. José Morais, a
Montréal geriatrician and president of the Canadian Geriatrics Society.
Canadian Association of Radiologists
"The CAR is proud to be a part of this timely campaign aimed at
assisting patients and their physicians. Patient safety and quality
care are of utmost importance and Choosing Wisely Canada makes it easy
for everyone to understand some of the choices faced in today's
healthcare environment" said CAR President Dr. Jacques Lévesque.
Canadian Association of General Surgeons
"Choosing Wisely Canada not only provides information about tests and
procedures patients may not need, but also key advice on ways patients
can actively look after their own health. It's win-win," said Dr.
Christopher de Gara, professor surgery at the University of Alberta in
Edmonton and vice-president of the Canadian Association of General
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
"For the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, providing high-quality care
for patients is job one and the Choosing Wisely Canada initiative is an
important new tool to support that goal," said Dr. Edward Harvey, an
orthopaedic surgeon in Montréal and president of the COA.
College of Family Physicians of Canada
"More is not necessarily better when it comes to health care," says Dr.
Jamie Meuser, Associate Executive Director and Director of Continuing
Professional Development with the CFPC. "Doing a lot of tests can be
wasteful - even harmful. The CFPC supports the Choosing Wisely Canada
initiative as a way of ensuring high quality health care for our
current patients as well as those who will be counting on our health
system in the future."
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
"When it comes right down to it, doctor-patient communication is
integral to patient trust and quality care," said Cecil Rorabeck, OC,
MD, FRCSC, FACS, President of the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada. "We applaud these organizations for leading a
necessary culture change that will encourage healthy conversations,
informed decision making and better stewardship of Canadians' health
and of the health care system."
The Royal Canadian Legion
"Choosing Wisely Canada involves a healthy conversation on both sides of
the examining table to empower patients to make smart, effective and
informed choices," said the Royal Canadian Legion.
Canadian Association of Social Workers
"The Choosing Wisely Canada campaign will help physicians and patients
better develop shared knowledge to support informed and more effective
choices and high-quality care for patients," said Fred Phelps, MSW RSW,
Executive Director, Canadian Association of Social Workers.
"We believe that all efforts to help patients and doctors to collaborate
on making medical decisions is a good thing. Choosing Wisely Canada not
only does that, it also works towards dealing with the major problem of
over treatment without blaming either. We are proud to join the group
of partners," said Sholom Glouberman, Patients Canada.
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SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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