Choosing Wisely Canada's emergency medicine recommendations: Time for a revision Academic Article uri icon

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  • ABSTRACTChoosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a national initiative designed to encourage patient-clinician discussions about the appropriate, evidence-based use of medical tests, procedures and treatments. The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians’ (CAEP) Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) working group developed and released ten recommendations relevant to Emergency Medicine in June 2015 (items 1–5) and October 2016 (items 6–10). In November 2016, the CAEP CWC working group developed a process for updating the recommendations. This process involves: 1) Using GRADE to evaluate the quality of evidence, 2) reviewing relevant recommendations on an ad hoc basis as new evidence emerges, and 3) reviewing all recommendations every five years. While the full review of the CWC recommendations will be performed in 2020, a number of high-impact studies were published after our initial launch that prompted an ad hoc review of the relevant three of our ten recommendations prior to the full review in 2020. This paper describes the results of the CAEP CWC working group's ad hoc review of three of our ten recommendations in light of recent publications.


  • Cheng, Amy HY
  • Campbell, Sam
  • Chartier, Lucas B
  • Dowling, Shawn
  • Goddard, Tom
  • Gosselin, Sophie
  • Holroyd, Brian R
  • Kapur, Atul K
  • Magee, Kirk
  • McEwen, Jill
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy, Venkatesh
  • Upadhye, Suneel
  • Rowe, Brian H

publication date

  • November 2019