Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading


The goal of the Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading project is to enable the adoption of hospital-relevant Choosing Wisely recommendations among the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care Innovation, as well as 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 program, and supported Toronto East Health Network with the adoption of Choosing Wisely recommendations.   Through ARTIC, the project team will further accelerate the adoption of Choosing Wisely 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.  In addition, the project team will 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 Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Sharing project received ARTIC funding for contributing to the theme of Improved Quality by Reducing Unnecessary Care in the 2016 call for project proposals.

Project Duration: 2016 – 2018