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Choosing Wisely Canada

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Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients have conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. These discussions help clinicians and patients make informed choices and help ensure high quality care.

Unnecessary tests can be potentially harmful to patients, adding stress and leading to even more tests to uncover answers to false-positive results. Unnecessary tests also put increased strain on our health system resources.

Health Quality Ontario and Choosing Wisely Canada are working together to bring these important discussions to clinicians and patients in several sectors across the health system.

If you have a question about Choosing Wisely Canada or want to learn more about how to get involved, please email us at


      Choosing Wisely in Hospitals      

   Choosing Wisely in Primary Care   

Choosing Wisely in Long-Term Care


Hear how the right information is empowering patients

Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading is a collaborative, ARTIC supported spread project that is empowering patients and families to make informed choices about their care.

The project reduces unnecessary medical care by implementing hospital-relevant recommendations across the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care Innovation.

Hear Todd’s story   Hear Sharon’s story
Todd Sikorski


A new report highlights how health care providers are successfully adopting recommendations to reduce unnecessary medical procedures while still delivering quality care to patients across the province.

Read how clinicians are leading the way to better care.

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Tests Physicians and Patients Should Question

Find out what questions to ask before ordering tests. Created by participating professional organizations, these resources identify commonly used tests in a variety of medical specialties

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Choosing Wisely Canada Recommendations

Choosing Wisely Canada has published recommendations based on Health Quality Ontario’s, evidence-based reviews of tests, treatments and procedures that may be overused questions to ask before ordering tests

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