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Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting: update on overuse

The next Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting, organized in conjunction with the Canadian Medical Association, and co-hosted by the Québec Medical Association, will be held in Montréal on May 27, 2019.

Stakeholders at the 2019 National Meeting will have the opportunity to discuss the need for reducing the overuse of medical services. To register, click here.

You have until January 31, 2019, to submit your abstracts, which must address one of the following five topics:

  • Quality improvement
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Deprescribing
  • Medical education
  • Patient engagement

Choosing Wisely Canada has set itself a mission to reduce the amount of unnecessary medical tests and treatments that patients undergo. This campaign was launched in Canada on April 2, 2014, as part of a global movement that originated in the United States in 2012, and which has now taken hold in 20 countries on five continents. The QMA has been involved in the French-language component of the campaign since the outset.

Unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures are those that are done without adding any value to the patient’s care. While they can provide useful information or confirmations, they can also expose the patient to risks. In fact, they can lead to more tests to rule out false positive results, contributing to the stress felt by patients and their relatives. They also have harmful consequences on access to care in that they are a waste of time and resources.

Choosing Wisely Canada encourages healthcare professionals to step up as leaders in the reduction of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures by giving them resources and easy-to-use tools to help them make wise choices. It also works with patients to educate and inform them about this issue.

As a delegate at the 2019 National Meeting, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • interact with the Choosing Wisely Canada community and participate in stimulating discussions about overuse;
  • acquire the skills needed to reduce overuse in medical practice;
  • share concrete strategies for reducing overuse and measuring its effects.

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