Since 2015, The Saskatchewan Health Quality Council has been moving forward the very important agenda of Appropriateness of Care.
In partnership with the Saskatchewan Medical Association, they have now launched Choosing Wisely Saskatchewan and are working engaging patients, clinicians, and learners to implement a province-wide strategy to tackle overuse. To start, they are focussing on pre-operative testing and imaging of lower back pain, and some of the health regions are taking on their own projects.
The Cypress Health Region has demonstrated their commitment to Choose Wisely:
Here's hoping many people will see their example and make the same pledge to choose wisely - because more is not always better in healthcare.