Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment

The BCCFP is holding a one-day Practising Wisely Workshop at the Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel in Victoria on April 7, the day after our two-day Family Medicine Conference.

The national Practising Wisely initiative helps family physicians implement Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) recommendations around health care stewardship.

This includes improved approaches to prescribing, imaging, screening and monitoring, applying the latest evidence and tools from a variety of validated resources.

Please note that the workshop is limited to 12 participants to facilitate small group learning. It is certified for 18 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits and requires the completion of pre/post coursework.

The cost is $600. To register, contact

Workshop Content

The one-day workshop centers on case studies and incorporates individual reflection and group work. Participants spend time accessing and walking through the different online resources. It’s also an opportunity for participants to build on their communication skills to enhance their ability to effectively guide and motivate patients to engage more proactively in their care.

Module One

We examine the harms and drivers of too much medicine and introduce a four-step approach to applying evidence to patient care with a focus on low back pain and ovarian cysts.

Module Two

Reliable, renewing online resources are put to work to support practice change. Cases centering on proton pump inhibitors and statins for primary prevention are the focus.

Module Three

Cancer screening is the topic here as participants differentiate risks and integrate relevant evidence into individual patient-care supported by shared decision-making.

Module Four

Evolving the annual physical exam to become a periodic health review personalized for each patient is a key element of this module. Poly pharmacy in the elderly and over-monitoring for diabetes are addressed as well.