Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia aims to reduce unnecessary medical tests and treatments

Doctors Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine have launched a new campaign to reduce unnecessary medical tests and treatments.

The goal of Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia is to encourage healthcare providers and patients to talk openly about more effective healthcare choices.

Campaign Chair, Wendy Levinson, MD, says this is an opportunity for providers and patients to talk about what care is best for them, and how to reduce overuse, waste, and potential harm.

A report in October by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicates Canadians undergo more than one million unnecessary tests and treatments each year.

Those include prescription drugs, diagnostic tests, and medical procedures that don't improve patient health and could cause unnecessary risks or harmful side effects.

Dr. Samuel Campbell says choosing not to do unnecessary tests is not only better for the patient, but also reduces wait times for patients who really need them.