PRESENTATION SLIDES: Choosing Wisely (& Beyond): Starting Conversations Around Unnecessary Tests and Procedures

The slides from my UBC CPD 50th Annual Post Graduate Review in Family Medicine talk are now available, here on Prezi.

The handout can be seen here.

Start with the 11 recommendations for family practice physicians/patients from Choosing Wisely Canada, and then please explore this website to find out more. Read about other projects, attend a conference or event, or try out a shared decision making tool.

I would value any feedback via Twitter (@LessIsMoreMed) or via email, whether about the talk (if you attended) or about this website or topic in general.


It was a pleasure to share this brief presentation, to hear the great questions and discussions on the subject, and to see how these challenges were highlighted in the other talks of the day. Inappropriate health care (or "too much & too little medicine") is a prevalent issue. Hopefully starting with campaigns like Choosing Wisely and the effort to curate similar projects/conferences/resources with "Less is More in Medicine" provides a good start to tackling this immense issue.

20 minutes is not a long time to explain the problem of "too much medicine," to share what is already being done and to inspire and create a call to action. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to speak at other events including the SRPC's Rural and Remote conference in April in Montreal as well as at the St Paul's Family Medicine course this November in Vancouver.

To find out more about my past and future talks, look at the Media/Talks section.

Source: https://prezi.com/bpguaxve_yyx/ubc-cpd-50t...

When is Medical Treatment Overtreatment? Maine Doctors Take New Look

I found a great 5 minute radio clip about Overtreatment, focussing on how healthcare providers and patients are finding the "right treatment" in Maine.

For those who'd rather listen than read, this is a great interview Patty Wright did with a Nurse Practitioner, Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute (Shannon Brownlee), the Director of a Maine Hospital Emergency Department, and a patient.

We have a lot of clinical guidelines we're supposed to follow. We sort of follow them like a cookbook. I was following them blindly, as I suppose many people do. They have no idea of the data behind it.

It's a really easy to understand and balanced summary of the problems of overtreatment.

Listen HERE!

Source: http://news.mpbn.net/post/when-medical-tre...