Using Antibiotics Wisely

Using Antibiotics Wisely is a national campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary antibiotic use. Current priorities for the campaign include addressing overuse in the community, where 92% of antibiotics are prescribed. This year, the campaign is focusing its efforts on antibiotics for acute upper respiratory tract infections in primary care, as well as asymptomatic bacteriuria in long-term care.

Since the launch of Using Antibiotics Wisely in 2017, Choosing Wisely Canada has worked with partners to produce a number of resources including posters, evidence-based tools, and patient materials. In addition to these resources, there are over 20 Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations that encourage judicious antibiotic use, created by over 15 national specialty societies.

Using Antibiotics Wisely is organized by Choosing Wisely Canada, with the support from Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and aligns with the Pan-Canadian Framework on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Key Practice Changes for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Primary Care Settings

Key Practice Statements

Download the PDF version of Key Practice Statements to help you optimize your antibiotic prescribing.

Download Key Practice Statements

Clinician Tools

Posters for Patient Waiting Rooms


Viral Prescription Pad and Delayed Prescription

Please click below to download and print a PDF version of the Viral Prescription Pad and Delayed Prescription.

You can also integrate the Viral Prescription Pad and Delayed Prescription tools in your existing EMR. The e-forms and accompanying instructions were co-developed by OntarioMD and Choosing Wisely Canada in collaboration. For any questions related to these materials, please contact:


Files for Electronic Medical Records (EMR):

Accuro EMR
TELUS Health – PS Suite EMR​

New Tools and Resources 

Posters and prescription pads are now available in Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, and Spanish. Visit the College of Family Physician’s website to access these resources.

Recommendations for Prescribers in Long-Term Care Settings

Recommendations for Prescribers in Hospital Settings

Using Antibiotics Wisely Communications Toolkit

We have developed a communications toolkit to help you share information about the Using Antibiotics Wisely campaign. This toolkit includes social media posts, graphics, and direct links to resources to support your communication efforts of the campaign.

Download Communications Toolkit

Patient Resources