Are you Choosing Wisely?
More isn’t always better when it comes to healthcare.
That’s the thinking behind Choosing Wisely, a global initiative to stop unnecessary tests and treatments. Nelson Marlborough Health is supporting the campaign by promoting a culture where low-value, no-value and inappropriate clinical interventions are avoided.
Clinical lead Dr Bruce King, says Choosing Wisely involves important discussions around tests, treatments and procedures between healthcare professionals and patients.
“For instance, it might be choosing not to prescribe oral antibiotics in certain situations, or using other forms of examination rather than unnecessary CT scans. “
Certain low or no-value treatment and test activities have been nominated by the Australasian and New Zealand Colleges. These are intended to start conversations about what is appropriate and necessary in a patient’s healthcare plan.
Patients play an important role in Choosing Wisely. Bruce says some tests and procedures provide little benefit so it’s important patients ask questions to ensure they end up with the right amount of care - not too little and not too much.
Choosing Wisely is facilitated by the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand and involves a number of professions including doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other professional groups.
For more information see www.choosingwisely.org.nz