Toolkits from Choosing Wisely Canada

At the Choosing Wisely national meeting March 30th, Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) announced a new direction.

In lieu of the 10 million challenge, they are instead putting significant effort into empowering CWC enthusiasts by way of facilitating "DIY Toolkits."

These tool-kits are PDF documents, starting with a catchy title and cover art (provided by CWC), and filled with user-generated content, meant to enable you to apply some of the Choosing Wisely recommendations to your institution or practice. So far, the topics include reducing unnecessary indwelling (Foley) catheter use, proton-pump inhibitor prescriptions, 2nd units of red blood cell transfusions, pre-operative investigation, and sedative/hypnotic use in the elderly.

Click on the image below to check out the first 5 or go to the page to learn how to submit your own:

Source: http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org/in-act...

RightCare Action Week: Get involved (LOWN INSTITUTE)

The Lown Institute is an amazing American organization devoted to transforming health care; particularly, they believe that performing unnecessary medical tests and treatments is unethical and unacceptable, and have undertaken work to empower patients and health care providers to achieve "the right care."

I had the privilege of attending their Road to Right Care conference in March of this year, and I am pleased to be able to promote the following initiative: 

RightCare Action Week

RightCare Action Week is a grassroots initiative for clinicians and others who want to take action that demonstrates how much better our healthcare system can be. 

Our healthcare system has strayed from its mission: Healthcare that is effective, affordable, needed and wanted by well-informed patients, and especially, free of clinical decisions that are made with financial or business considerations.

From Oct. 18 to 24, 2015, people like you across the country will take action to show patients that we have not forgotten what good medical care is. Actions can be as simple as taking a deeper social history or doing a house call.

What can you do right now? Sign up for RCAW, vote on actions you’ll support from our growing list of possibilities, or suggest one of your own.

Here are some themes you should consider before suggesting an activity for either a single day of RCAW or the entire week.

Actions that:

·      Highlight the conflict between the healing culture and business culture

·      "Suspend business as usual" 

·      Connect patients to clinicians and clinicians to their colleagues to provide better care

·      Encourage clinicians to take as much time as needed with patients

RightCareActionWeek.org is designed so that anyone can suggest or discuss activities on the forum.

The only way to transform healthcare is if we present what better healthcare looks like. RCAW is our chance to do that. Sign up to join us now.

RCAW is an initiative of the RightCare Alliance. 

 

For more information email us at organize@lowninstitute.org or visit us at www.rightcareactionweek.org

Source: http://rightcareactionweek.org/

Lown Institute Road to #RightCare conference March 8-11, San Diego

I'm sharing this invitation to remind you to register for the Road to RightCare conference. It will be a fantastic look at how to operationalize solutions to overdiagnosis, undertreatment, and the gamut of associated problems. I'll be there too!

If that isn't reason enough, it is a great city! As I'm currently in San Diego, I can tell you that there's plenty to do in you spare time (eg. today we are renting bikes to explore Coronado Island and check out the beach; later we'll taste some great Mexican food and sample some local microbrew). 

With the holidays around the corner, we want to remind you to register for the Lown Institute third annual conference: 

Road to RightCare: Engage, Organize, Transform 
March 8-11, 2015 
Omni San Diego Hotel

Among the many great speakers featured at the conference, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear our dynamic keynote speaker, Diane Meier, MD, director for the Center to Advance Palliative Care, Mt. Sinai Health System. If you’ve never heard her speak on a topic of great importance to all of us, here’s a sneak peak

Dr. Meier is one of the many speakers, panelists and attendees who will be addressing our culture of medical overuse in the U.S. and proposing solutions to eliminating it. 

We’re finalizing our meeting agenda and will be sending you weekly updates. We promise that this will be the best conference you’ll attend all year. 

To learn more, see the agendaRegister now. 

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Thank you for supporting and participating in our work. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego. 


Best, 
 

Vikas Saini, MD
President,
Lown Institute

Shannon Brownlee, MSc
Senior Vice President,
Lown Institute
                       

                      

Register Today! 
Click here to visit our website, review the agenda and register. 

Registration Deadline
 February 10, 2015