More isn’t always better when it comes to medical tests, treatments and procedures. Unnecessary interventions are stressful, and potentially expose patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives.
The Choosing Wisely campaign is gathering momentum in New Zealand; being in place in 14 DHBs and growing. Over 35 medical colleges, specialty societies and health practitioners associations are now linked to Choosing Wisely. Over 123 lists of tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned have been developed.
But what does putting Choosing Wisely into practise actually look like?
On Friday 2 March 2018, the Council of Medical Colleges is running a forum in Wellington for those already using Choosing Wisely in their practice, and those who would like to but don’t quite know where to start.
There will be a variety of sessions with lots of time for attendees to ask questions, share their experiences and interact and learn from each other. Speakers will talk about how to get started, incorporating Choosing Wisely into education, integration of Choosing Wisely and Health Pathways working with consumers and motivating staff.
If you would like to introduce Choosing Wisely to your practice, this is a must-attend event.
More details and registration information will be available soon on the Choosing Wisely website www.choosingwisely.org.nz