Choosing Wisely Canada Inaugural National Meeting A Great Success

On Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 Choosing Wisely Canada held its Inaugural National Meeting at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library.

In attendance were almost 300 representatives from all campaign stakeholders across Canada including leaders from national organizations (CMA, CHFI, CADTH, RCPSC, CFPC etc.) and provincial representation (almost every province, including Yukon and the North West Territories), Clinical Leaders, Early Adopters (implementing campaign recommendations), physician specialty societies, measurement groups, medical students, residents and patient representatives.

Choosing Wisely Canada national meeting

Testimonials from the day include:

Great energy in the room, variety of topics, speakers and discussion. Great thought leaders in attendance.”

“Speakers were polished and the content thought provoking and relevant”

“Very interesting day, and very well organized meeting; great networking opportunity”

In summary, attendees heard:

  • What and how different groups, organizations and provinces are doing to implement and scale Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations:
  • How the Brokered Dialogue method can be used to start the conversation between physicians and patients about quality of care and overuse
  • An inspiring keynote address by André Picard, Health columnist at The Globe and Mail, about how Choosing Wisely Canada has been instrumental in addressing some of the challenges facing health care in Canada
  • The progress the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign has made since it was launched 2 years ago
    • Province-wide in Alberta
    • A resident-led quality improvement project at Dalhousie University
    • Organizational Leadership in Choosing Wisely: College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
  • In a hospital setting at North York General Hospital
  • The launch of the DIY toolkits to help with implementing Choosing Wisely Canada in different settings
  • Shared challenges and lessons learned during the breakout sessions featuring the majority of the over 70 projects in the Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting Abstract Book
  • How different organizations are measuring low-value care and the impact of Choosing Wisely Canada: Canadian Institute For Health Information, Canada Health Infoway, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Alberta Physician Learning Program and Mount Sinai Hospital
  • The Executive Vice President of the ABIM Foundation and a leader of Choosing Wisely in the United States, Daniel Wolfson, provided a rousing and humorous summary of the day.

A special thank you to the Sponsors of the National Meeting:

Thank you to all who came and made the day a real success!