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Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia Launch

 A public panel discussion event - Reducing Unnecessary Medical Tests, Treatments and Procedures

November 24, 2017
Media advisory - Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia Launch

Date:
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Room 100, World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street

Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia: Every year in Canada, patients undergo over a million unnecessary medical tests and treatments – which can cause harm. Unnecessary tests and treatments also can increase wait times for patients who really need care.

Choosing Wisely Canada is a national campaign to reduce unnecessary medical tests and treatments by encouraging health care providers and patients to talk openly about effective choices. The focus is on enhancing patient outcomes through the use of evidence-based recommendations developed by national clinician specialty societies. Implementation of the recommendations is led by doctors, with priorities set in each province or region. In Nova Scotia, Doctors Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine will lead and jointly launch Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia.

Event Format: Panel discussion open to the public, health-care providers and media.  The event includes:

  • Welcome and Introduction  (< 5 min)
  • Panel discussion (~20 min)
  • Question and answer session (30 min)

Mary Jane Hampton, health-care consultant and commentator, will moderate the discussion. The panelists are:

  • Dr. Constance LeBlanc, Co-Chair, Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Samuel Campbell, Champion, Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia, Chief, Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre
  • Dr. Lisa Bonang, Family physician
  • Ms. Denice Klavano, Patient representative
  • Mr. Ameer Jarrar, Medical student

Visual & Audio Set-up:
The panel will be set up on risers at the front of the room. A media feed box will be available, as well as a riser for cameras.

Background:
www.ChoosingWiselyCanada.org
https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/choosing-wisely-baseline-report-en-web.pdf

Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia is affiliated with Choosing Wisely Canada, and supported by:

  • Doctors Nova Scotia – Co-Lead Organization
  • Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine (Continuing Professional Development) – Co-Lead Organization
  • Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority