SickKids Department of Pediatrics has created its own Choosing Wisely list

The Department of Pediatrics at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital has created its own Choosing Wisely list, specific to a tertiary care children’s hospital. The list was developed involving clinicians and trainees at the organization, and the final five recommendations were chosen using a scoring system considering expected value, ease of implementation and measurement. A physician […]

Advancing Safety for Patients in Residency (ASPIRE) Workshop: May 10-13, 2016, Ottawa

Are you a resident, physician, or faculty interested in patient safety and quality improvement education? ASPIRE is co-hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Choosing Wisely Canada. ASPIRE educational sessions are delivered by well-respected quality and patient safety health care professionals and educators from across Canada, and […]

March 30th National Choosing Wisely Canada Conference: Sold Out!

Thank you to all those that registered, and we look forward to seeing you March 30th. Should you wish to be put on our wait list please email us at Our March 30th conference will be an opportunity for Choosing Wisely Canada, and all of our partners, to come together and celebrate our successes […]

10 Million Challenge

Choosing Wisely Canada is launching the 10 Million Challenge, a Canada-wide collective action initiative to help prevent 10 million unnecessary tests and treatments by the year 2020. Its purpose is to mobilize the healthcare provider community to put the Choosing Wisely recommendations into practice, and make a valuable contribution towards reducing waste and potential harm […]

STARS: Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship

On Saturday November 14th Choosing Wisely Canada hosted its very first national student leadership conference. The STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) or ESPOIRS (Étudiants sensibilisés pour l’optimisation de l’intendance des ressources en santé ) Leadership Summit was a great success with two students from each of Canada’s 17 medical schools in attendance. […]

Doc Mike Evans Video: Do More Screening Tests Lead to Better Health?

Dr. Mike Evans from the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) has created one of his famous ‘White Board Videos’ for Choosing Wisely Canada regarding overuse/appropriate use of health care in Canada, titled Do More Screening Tests Lead to Better Health?. This video focuses on a number of common screening tests that are overused or […]

Patient Engagement: More is Not Always Better

We recognize that talking to patients about not performing tests, treatments, and procedures in a world that intrinsically believes ‘more is better’ in any context is no easy feat. As part of our effort to encourage this dialogue, Choosing Wisely Canada has created posters (link), videos, and a patient facing website to help socialize the More is Not Always Better concept in terms of health care.

Canada Health Infoway Data Impact Winners Announced

Earlier this year the Data Impact Challenge by Canada Health Infoway invited those interested, and who had authorized access to Canadian health care data sets, to tackle challenging health policy and health care questions. Many of these questions pertained to Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations either directly or indirectly, and Dr. Wendy Levinson and Dr. Sacha […]

Fall Socities’ Recommendations Update

The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, Canadian Headache Society, and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada have released lists of recommendations this Fall bringing the number of societies that have released up to 32 and our total recommendations up to 165.