Choosing Wisely Canada® was initiated in late 2013 by Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The Choosing Wisely® initiative began in the United States as a means to identify the top five unnecessary and frequently used practices in health care that have an evidentiary basis for low-value and/or harm in the context of the United States health-care system. Lists were submitted by several professional societies to provide medical guidance for physicians on practices that should be discouraged, and to provide patients with guidance on how to start a conversation with their physicians. A similar initiative has now been created in Canada to identify unnecessary practices that are relevant to the Canadian context.

The Partnership has convened a task force consisting of the professional societies representing medical oncology (CAMO), radiation oncology (CARO) and surgical oncology (CSSO). The Task Force is charged with identifying a list of cancer related practices of low-value and/or harm, and this will be incorporated into the second wave of the Choosing Wisely Canada® Initiative. The media release date for the second wave is October 29, 2014. Please visit the Choosing Wisely Canada® website to see the final list.

Read more about the Choosing Wisely Canada® Cancer Initiative

The Choosing Wisely Canada® Cancer initiative has been presented at the ARCC 2014 and CARO 2014 Annual Conferences. This work will also be presented at the ASCO 2014, Quality Care Symposium.

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Last updated: September 25, 2014