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Nine Canadian medical bodies launch campaign to reduce unnecessary medical tests and treatments

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2673 (Published 08 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2673
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1 Calgary

The Canadian Medical Association and eight of Canada’s medical specialty societies have launched a new campaign, Choosing Wisely Canada,1 to help the nation’s doctors and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures.

On 2 April the nine national medical organisations released lists describing 40 tests, treatments, and procedures2 that they said patients did not need in all circumstances. They noted definitive evidence that these 40 specific interventions provided no benefit to patients.

Choosing Wisely Canada’s recommendations included the following:

  • Avoid colorectal cancer screening tests on asymptomatic patients with a life expectancy of less than 10 years and …

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