Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading

Studies show that up to 30% of medical care is unnecessary. The ARTIC project, Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading, aims to reduce unnecessary medical treatments by implementing hospital-relevant Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations across the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care Innovation, and targeted primary care recommendations across the associated Departments of Family and Community Medicine.

Choosing Wisely Canada was launched in April 2014 in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association to help physicians and patients have conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures and help ensure high quality care.

North York General Hospital was an early adopter of the Choosing Wisely Canada program, and supported Toronto East Health Network with the adoption of the program’s recommendations.  Through ARTIC, the project team will further accelerate the adoption of Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations at Markham Stouffville Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto and Southlake Regional Health Centre, and several associated primary care teams also serving those communities.

The project team will also develop specific implementation tool kits for Emergency Departments, Pre-Operative Clinics and for broader spread and sustainability that will be shared with health care organizations across Ontario and Canada.

The project received ARTIC support in the 2016 call for proposals under the theme of Improved Quality by Reducing Unnecessary Care.

WATCH: Opening the dialogue between patients and their doctors for better care

Patient advisors from the Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation share how Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading is empowering patients and families to make informed choices about their care.

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