More is not necessarily better when it comes to health care treatment. Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, which could lead to more testing to investigate false positives and contribute to stress for patients. These unnecessary tests also put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.
Following the principles and goals of Choosing Wisely Canada, The Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) is partnering with Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) on a number of Choosing Wisely projects where there is an opportunity, specific to Manitoba, to improve the appropriate use of diagnostic testing in our province.
Physicians are an important partner in this initiative. Read more about this partnership in Choosing Wisely Manitoba’s Info Sheet.