In 2012 the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched Choosing Wisely® with a goal of advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. Choosing Wisely® is focused on supporting conversations between patients and providers, with the intention of facilitating wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation.

In the summer of 2013, Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) undertook a review of the then over 350 recommendations from Choosing Wisely® to identify diagnostic tests that that may be inappropriate and may lead to unnecessary treatments and follow-ups.


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In early 2014 Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) partnered with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) to form Choosing Wisely Manitoba (CWM), an initiative to improve health outcomes, patient and provider experiences and health system efficiencies and sustainability. Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) initiated its “Early Adopter Collaborative”; and with the advance work done by DSM/CHI, Manitoba became one of the earliest of adopters in Canada.

In January 2015, CWM hosted its inaugural Physician engagement session/think-tank (view the Summary Report); thus beginning the second phase of Choosing Wisely Manitoba.

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In Phase 2 we engaged with physicians and other health practitioners to raise awareness and create a “grass-roots, front-line, physician-championed” movement.

We have been very successful in our first two phases, with a conservatively estimated $1-3 million dollars being reinvested back into the health care system from the implementation of the first few Choosing Wisely Manitoba initiatives.

To expand on these initiatives, our third phase focuses on engaging patients, the public and business community. By expanding our network, we can take steps towards changing the conversation and creating new innovative approaches in our efforts in resource stewardship and creating a more sustainable health care system in Manitoba.

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To expand on these initiatives, our third phase focuses on engaging patients, the public and business community. By expanding our network, we can take steps towards changing the conversation and creating new innovative approaches in our efforts in resource stewardship and creating a more sustainable health care system in Manitoba.

About our Partners

The Centre for Healthcare Innovation
CHI is a joint venture between the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the University of Manitoba. CHI works to ensure that the latest research and evidence are translated into improved patient outcomes, enhanced patient experiences and improved access to care for Manitobans.
chimb.ca

Diagnostic Services Manitoba
DSM is Manitoba’s public sector diagnostic health care service provider responsible for provincial laboratory services and rural diagnostic imaging services. DSM delivers the ‘Results that Matter’ to patients and their physicians every day.
dsmanitoba.ca