Resources

Content to engage medical practitioners and patients in conversations about medical tests, treatments, and procedures, so they can better understand when they are necessary and right for each patient.

Improving the Appropriate Use of MRI for Lower Back Pain

A shirtless man holds his lower back in pain.
Do MRIs (or X-rays or CT scans) speed up patients’ recovery from lower back pain?
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A man, seen from behind, holds his lower back, as if in pain.
A checklist to help answer if a lower back MRI / CT is recommended or not.
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A woman, seen from the side, holds her lower back, as if in pain.
Identifying Low Back Pain, common causes, treatments, preventions and exercises.
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Improving Appropriate Testing

A woman gingerly holds her throat, as if it is sore.
Unnecessary thyroid testing is leading to overtreatment in the province of Manitoba.
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Antimicrobial Stewardship Resources

A variety of pills are lined up in a row.
A printable patient poster explaining how half of all antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary.
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A doctor wearing a surgical mask holds a small red and white pill capsule out.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health worldwide. The overuse of antibiotics is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance and is threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.
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A smiling nurse consults with an elderly patient.
A quick assessment that can help reduce the prescription of unnecessary antibiotics, while helping the patient understands their use.
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A graphic of a hand holding a pill capsule.
A guide on when to take and when not to take antibiotics if you have a respiratory infection.
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A graphic of a patient lying in a hospital bed, sleeping.
Both urinary catheters and ulcer drugs are over-used in hospitals. And both increase the risk of infection.
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A graphic of a patient lying in a hospital bed, sleeping.
Both urinary catheters and ulcer drugs are over-used in hospitals. And both increase the risk of infection.
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A graphic of a box of tissue next to a wire garbage can full of used tissues.
Sinus infections almost always stem from a viral infection, not a bacterial one - and antibiotics don’t work against viruses.
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A graphic of a box of tissue next to a wire garbage can full of used tissues.
Sinus infections almost always stem from a viral infection, not a bacterial one - and antibiotics don’t work against viruses.
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A smiling nurse consults with an elderly patient.
A quick assessment that can help reduce the prescription of unnecessary antibiotics, while helping the patient understands their use.
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Toolkits

Need change ideas or help with your Choosing Wisely implementation project? Check out Choosing Wisely Canada’s downloadable toolkits developed by clinicians who have successfully implemented Choosing Wisely recommendations in their setting.

Resources for Patients

A graphic of a patient lying in a hospital bed, sleeping.
Both urinary catheters and ulcer drugs are over-used in hospitals. And both increase the risk of infection.
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A graphic of a patient lying in a hospital bed, sleeping.
Both urinary catheters and ulcer drugs are over-used in hospitals. And both increase the risk of infection.
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Next time you see your health care provider, talk about what you need, and what you don't.
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Colds, Flu, and Other Respiratory Illnessess: Don't Rush to Antibiotics

A guide on when to take and when not to take antibiotics if you have a respiratory infection.
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Paptest
Most women ages 21 to 69 need regular Pap tests. But teenage girls and older women usually don’t need them. Learn why.
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Sinus
Sinus infections almost always stem from a viral infection, not a bacterial one - and antibiotics don’t work against viruses.
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Opioids
There are many ways to manage pain. Talk to your doctor about the safest option.
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Do healthy people need annual check-ups? Learn more.
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Patient Pamphlets

Choosing Wisely Patient Pamphlets are meant to help patients learn about the tests, treatments, and procedures to question, when they are necessary and when they are not, and what patients can do to improve their health.