1 Feb 2019 | Health Quality & Safety Commission
The Choosing Wisely forum Continuing the Conversation will be held at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in Wellington on Friday 10 May 2019.
The Choosing Wisely campaign encourages health professionals to talk with patients about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures; and patients to discuss with their health professional whether they really need a particular intervention.
Choosing Wisely clinical lead Dr Derek Sherwood says the campaign puts the spotlight on unnecessary medical intervention, and the unintended harm that can be caused.
'A recent survey of around 800 clinicians, carried out with (NZMA), the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) found that nearly 70 percent consider the provision of unnecessary tests, procedures or treatments an issue for New Zealand health care.
'Unnecessary interventions are stressful, and potentially expose patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives.'
Forum speakers include:
'We will also be assisting consumers to attend the meeting to repeat last year’s commentary from consumers on all sessions. Feedback on last year’s forum noted that “the consumer presence was key to adding value.'
Abstracts for the conference are now invited, and close on Friday 22 February 2019.
There will also be a repeat of last year’s popular special interest groups, including Choosing Wisely 101 for those just learning about this work.
Depending on interest, other workshops will cover:
The campaign is gaining momentum in New Zealand. Seventeen district health boards are involved in Choosing Wisely work and it is supported by a number of PHOs and GP practices. Thirty-one medical colleges, specialty societies and health practitioners’ associations are now linked to the campaign. Over 154 lists of tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned have been developed, along with 45 patient resources.