Implementing Choosing Wisely Canada Recommendations

Choosing Wisely Canada mobilizes and supports clinicians and organizations committed to embedding campaign recommendations into practice.

There are close to 350 documented quality improvement projects across the country that are building capacity for the spread and scale of Choosing Wisely.

These efforts are underway in hospitals, long-term care homes, and primary care clinics. Many of these innovative projects, including their evidence-based tools and methods, have been packaged into easy to follow toolkits that are broadly circulated in order to encourage widespread adoption. This has allowed Choosing Wisely Canada to foster a network for those looking to implement campaign recommendations into practice.

A Starter Kit for Hospitals

Diving into Overuse in Hospitals is a national campaign that aims to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments in hospital settings. The goal of the campaign is to get hospitals across Canada to join the global Choosing Wisely movement by making changes, small or large, to reduce overuse. Participating hospitals get access to a wealth of resources, including a starter kit, webinars, and other supports.

The Starter Kit provides practical advice and guidance on implementing Choosing Wisely recommendations into hospital settings. Upon implementation of this Starter Kit, and assuming all actions have been completed, hospitals can become designated “Choosing Wisely Canada Hospitals” (at either Levels 1, 2 or 3). See how you can get involved by downloading the Starter Kit.

Download Starter Kit

Choosing Wisely Talks

Choosing Wisely Talks takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month from 12pm-1pm ET. Each Talk is led by a guest speaker, usually someone who has made significant gains in implementing the Choosing Wisely recommendations. Through a webinar format, participants tune-in to a live presentation by the guest speaker, followed by an interactive Q&A discussion.

Upcoming Talks


Need change ideas or help with your Choosing Wisely implementation project?

Check out these toolkits. Each toolkit was developed by a clinician who has successfully implemented a Choosing Wisely recommendation in their setting and achieved significant impact. They are intended to provide you with just enough information to get started. The rest is up to you to figure out, based on your local circumstances and the ingenuity of your team.