VIDEO: #ChoosingWisely in Cypress Health Region

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.


Ask | Share | Know : Patient Resource for talking with your healthcare provider

Here is a snappy resource from Australia that can help patients (and advocates) create meaningful interactions with their healthcare providers.

The Ask | Share | Know project aims to empower patients to discover the information they need in order to make shared decisions with the health professionals they encounter. They suggest three key questions:

Asking the questions is a start, but even more important is the sharing of values and information with health care providers (HCPs). Patients have lives, values, and needs beyond their diseases, of course!

When your HCP can understand you and your needs better, they can help give you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision that goes beyond just medical facts and is tailored to your situation and goals.

Detailed follow-up questions, time to think, and opportunity to discuss with your main supports may also be needed before you make a decision. Try it out!

Why NOT? Common concerns with the Less is More approach