Choosing Wisely goes north to multiply

Two years after the launch of the groundbreaking Choosing Wisely campaign, its influence has formally gone international.

The Canadian Medical Association and nine of the country’s physician specialty societies have launched Choosing Wisely Canada, with the unveiling of those societies’ own lists of five tests, treatments or procedures for which there is strong evidence of overuse, waste, or even possible harm to patients.

The goal is to begin conversations between patients and physicians. Plain-language versions of some items on the lists are available for patient use. They have been developed by Consumer Reports and the specialty societies.

More Canadian specialty societies are expected to add lists to the campaign later this year.

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