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Choosing Wisely – for credit

Physicians can now take an accredited course to learn the fundamentals about the Choosing Wisely campaign, which encourages more appropriate use of medical services and more informed communication between doctors and patients.

Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) has also launched a mobile application that allows access to 102 recommendations and associated patient pamphlets developed to date. All of the information on the bilingual app is searchable, current and organized by keyword. The mobile app is available on Android.

“Confronting unnecessary care: Choosing Wisely Canada” is the one-hour course offered through MDcme.ca and funded by an unrestricted educational grant from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The course was prepared by Dr. Sam Shortt, director of quality initiatives at the CMA and vice-chair of CWC.

The course module reviews the issue of unnecessary care in Canada and describes the resources available through CWC to encourage physicians and patients to have evidence-based discussions about the necessity of medical tests and treatments, with the aim of eliminating unnecessary care.

“This course will help physicians recognize the extent of unnecessary care for individual patients and the health care system, and the potential harms resulting from such care,” said Shortt.

“The approach used … interprets unnecessary care as a quality issue and acknowledges that physicians have the ultimate responsibility for dealing with this issue.”

Shortt said that upon completion of the course, physicians will be able to reflect on whether they provide unnecessary care in their own practices, and to apply guidance provided by Choosing Wisely Canada across a wide variety of specialties.

The course is accredited for up to 1.0 MAINPRO-M1 credit from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and up to 1.0 Section 1 credit under the Maintenance of Certification program from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

This year, several more Canadian specialty organizations will be releasing recommendations as part of the CWC campaign.

Forward any comments about this article to: cmanews@cma.ca.