When I speak to peers and clinicians, one of the most frequent bits of feedback I receive is "Great! I'm on board with delivering more appropriate care, Choosing Wisely, making sure my patients make shared decisions and avoid unnecessary tests and treatments. But... I don't really know how to 'do' it. Where do I start? How to I talk to patients? Where do I go to practice?"
So, it is with extreme pleasure that I announce the expansion of the Practicing Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment Course. Originally "Don't just do something, Stand there!," this highly-regarded hands-on learning experience was started by the Ontario College of Family Physicians and is spearheaded by Dr Jennifer Young.
It is now a suite of continuing professional development opportunities for primary care providers, available in a modular format across the country. In the course:
Participants will identify opportunities to "practise wisely", with a focus on reducing over-prescribing, over-imaging, over-screening and over-monitoring using the latest evidence and tools from diverse sources. This workshop aligns closely with the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) campaign to implement good healthcare stewardship and avoid over-medicalization.
The program centres on case studies and incorporates individual reflection and group work. It helps participants to build communication skills to guide their patients through the shift from seeking sickness to enhancing health.
After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:
- Identify opportunities to reduce “too much medicine”
- Access and assess reliable, renewing online resources
- Integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care
- Communicate and build consensus with patients to reduce over-medicalization
Upcoming Workshops are taking place as follows: