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Choosing Wisely St. Michael’s

As a member of the Choosing Wisely Canada “Early Adopter Collaborative,” St. Michael’s is one of the first hospitals in Canada to take on the Choosing Wisely challenge.

The goal of the international Choosing Wisely campaign is to dispel the false notion that “more care is better care,” and help clinicians and patients make smart decisions about potentially unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

Choosing Wisely Canada, launched by the Canadian Medical Association, is modeled after the hugely successful Choosing Wisely campaign in the U.S. It’s led by Dr. Wendy Levinson, a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and the recent chair of the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto.

Check out the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations.

Recent articles

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A more thoughtful approach to routine blood testing

A St. Michael’s hematologist is asking physicians to think twice before ordering routine bloodwork because losing just a few milliliters of blood per day – about one full tube’s worth – increases risk of anemia. Full story


New initiative helps ED reduce number of CT scans

A new initiative at St. Michael’s Hospital is helping doctors and clinicians in the Emergency Department reduce the number of CT scans when assessing patients with symptoms of pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lung. Full story


Tackling unnecessary X-rays in the ICUs

Just a few years ago, a typical day in the St. Michael’s Intensive Care Units would begin with the arrival of a team of X-ray technologists. Full story


Dr. Lisa Hicks leads American Hematology Society’s second Choosing Wisely list questioning five common tests and treatments

The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the causes and treatments of blood disorders, today named five additional commonly used tests, treatments, and procedures in hematology that physicians and patients should question in certain circumstances. Full story


Choosing Wisely poster

St. Michael’s one of first hospitals in Canada to try 'Choosing Wisely' recommendations

St. Michael’s Hospital has volunteered to be an early adopter of Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to help physicians and patients make smart decisions about potentially unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. Full story