CADTH in Conversation with…

Wendy Levinson, MD OC, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada

Episode Summary

This week, Suzanne is in conversation with Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada — the national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care. Suzanne and Dr. Levinson discuss the role of Choosing Wisely Canada at the intersection of health policy, evidence-based medicine, health technology assessment, and physician and clinician leadership. **** Dr. Wendy Levinson is Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Levinson is a national and international expert in the field of physician-patient communication, particularly on the disclosure of medical errors to patients. Dr. Levinson has led efforts to educate and engage medical students, residents, and faculty members in patient safety, quality improvement, and the stewardship of finite resources. She was a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees when they created the Choosing Wisely campaign in the US.

Episode Notes

This week, Suzanne is in conversation with Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada — the national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care. 

Suzanne and Dr. Levinson discuss the role of Choosing Wisely Canada at the intersection of health policy, evidence-based medicine, health technology assessment, and physician and clinician leadership.

In a May 2021 report, Choosing Wisely Canada and CADTH collaborated to highlight consensus on evidence-based recommendations to reduce low-value care when health systems are ready to gradually resume the services and procedures that were put on hold due to COVID-19. 

The joint report highlights 19 existing Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations to help decision-makers avoid reintroducing low-value services in 7 clinical areas. The goal of the report is to help clinicians and policy makers ensure that limited health system resources are focused on providing necessary care and treatments that will improve the wellbeing of patients.

Read Using Health Care Resources Wisely After the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations to Reduce Low-Value Care in the Canadian Journal of Health Technologies, Volume 1, Number 5.