Addressing Surgical backlogs in Canada

When: April 19 at 12 PM ET 
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Surgical backlogs are causing significant pressures in provinces across the country, exacerbated by successive waves of the pandemic and shortages in health human resources. What is the role of reducing overuse in addressing backlogs and how can we better support Canadians in making informed decisions about their surgical care?

Join Choosing Wisely Talks on April 19 at 12 p.m. ET to discuss the current state of surgical backlogs in Canada. Experts will discuss the role of shared decision-making, system changes, and how we can work together to improve access to timely and high-quality surgical care.


Dr. Logan Trenaman, Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, University of British Columbia

Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Population Health and Value Based Care Executive, Ontario Health

Pharmacists’ Expanded Scope — and What it Means for Appropriate Prescribing

When: March 22 at 12 PM ET 

In several provinces, the scope of pharmacist prescribing has expanded, enabling them to assess and prescribe treatments for common syndromes. With other provinces and territories expected to adopt similar approaches, how do we support pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals in promoting resource stewardship and appropriate prescribing practices?

On March 22 at 12 p.m. ET, Choosing Wisely Talks will discuss the widened scope of practice for pharmacists. Experts will discuss recent changes and future thinking around interprofessional collaboration in patient care.


Danielle Paes, Chief Pharmacist Officer, Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

Shelita Dattani, Vice President, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada


Janet Reynolds, Family Physician, Choosing Wisely Canada Primary Care Co-Lead

Choosing Wisely Canada is now accepting abstracts to be featured at Choosing Wisely Canada’s National Meeting, on May 11 and May 12, 2023.

Showcase your Choosing Wisely Canada initiatives and innovative approaches based on the following themes:

  • Quality Improvement/Implementation (e.g. interventions, health policy, interprofessional collaboration, deprescribing)
  • Measurement and Evaluation (e.g. administrative data, trends in low-value care, impact of intervention on low-value care)
  • Medical Education
  • Patient Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability (reducing low-value care can avoid harm to patients and the planet)
  • Appropriate Prescribing

Abstracts will be accepted in English and French. Relevant abstracts will be published in a digital abstract book and considered for in-person presentations in concurrent breakout sessions.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submissions will be accepted until January 13, 2023.
  • Abstracts considered for in-person presentations will be notified by February 6, 2023.
  • National Meeting: May 11 & May 12, 2023.

If you are submitting an abstract from Manitoba, please email [email protected].

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