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Choosing Wisely Ontario

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Helping reduce unnecessary tests and treatments

Choosing Wisely Ontario is a campaign to help clinicians and patients talk about unnecessary tests and treatments.

It is part of the broader Choosing Wisely Canada campaign, which has developed over 300 recommendations for tests and treatments that clinicians and patients should question.

Over 70 health care organizations nationally have already taken steps to put many of these recommendations into practice.

The focus of Choosing Wisely Ontario — led by Health Quality Ontario and Choosing Wisely Canada — is to encourage widespread adoption of these recommendations across Ontario’s hospitals, primary care clinics and long-term care homes, and to provide tools and supports in several high priority areas.

Choosing Wisely Ontario is guided by a steering committee (see members below) consisting of frontline clinicians, patients and organizations in Ontario representing hospital care, primary care and long-term care.

Key resources currently available from Choosing Wisely Canada are featured in the links below:


Plus, change packages are available to support 4 priorities in Ontario

Find resources to help you get started on these 4 priorities, along with sample indicators to track your progress, and links to an online forum where you can connect with others in Ontario working on the same change idea.

  1. Reducing benzodiazepine use

  2. Reducing preoperative testing
  3. Reducing blood transfusions
  4. Reducing imaging for low back pain

These change packages include as a resource the Diving Into Overuse in Hospitals national campaign. This Choosing Wisely Canada campaign calls on hospitals to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments.

Health Quality Ontario and the Ontario Hospital Association are partners in Ontario.

If you have any questions about Choosing Wisely Ontario or want to learn more about how to get involved, please email us at


The Health Quality Ontario blog discusses the 2018 Choosing Wisely Canada conference and the progress made.

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Choosing Wisely: An Idea Worth Spreading is a collaborative, ARTIC supported project that is reducing unnecessary medical tests and treatments by empowering patients with the right information to make decisions about their care.

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Highlights on how health care providers successfully adopted recommendations to reduce unnecessary medical procedures while still delivering quality care to patients across the province.

Read how clinicians led the way to better care.

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