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
But what does putting Choosing Wisely into practise actually
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
If you would like to introduce Choosing Wisely to your practice,
this is a must-attend event.
More details and registration information are available on the
Choosing Wisely website www.choosingwisely.org.nz