Choosing Wisely Canada extra resources

Being part of the Early Adopters collaborative for Choosing Wisely Canada, I've been made aware of some really useful resources that you may not have heard of yet.

Thanks to Tai Huynh (Campaign Manager) and Karen McDonald (Project Manager) with Choosing Wisely Canada for allowing me to share their commentary and these great links:

1.     Canadianized patient pamphlets

In collaboration with Consumer Reports Health and Canadian medical specialty societies participating in Choosing Wisely Canada, we have (to date) released 25 lay language patient pamphlets to help educate patients and facilitate provider-patient conversation on tests, treatments and procedures that may not be necessary. These pamphlets can be found in the materials section of the Choosing Wisely Canada website  and are downloadable as PDFs. The generic patient pamphlet contains four questions patients are encouraged to ask their doctors.

 2.     Instructional videos to help providers and patients think and talk about overuse

The ABIM Foundation funded the Drexel University College of Medicine to develop a set of interactive instructional modules to enhance physician and patient communication around the specialty society recommendations from the Choosing Wisely campaign. Developed in collaboration with nine medical specialty societies, these modules are designed to help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about overuse of health care resources by providing strategies for physicians to build trust and address patient attitudes and beliefs that more care is not always better care.

These videos can be accessed from the US Choosing Wisely website, modules section. They are a bit tricky to locate, so here are some examples: 

3.     Washington State Choosing Wisely Task Force toolkit

A PDF of the Washington State toolkit created for physicians or other health care leaders struggling with how to integrate Choosing Wisely’s evidence based best practices into their practices or organizations.

4.     Spreadsheet of Canadian physician recommendations

A spreadsheet containing all 102 CWC recommendations released to date is attached and can be downloaded from our website