To our faithful readers and those who are receiving this newsletter for the first time:
We are pleased to have heard many positive responses about Practising Wisely, the newsletter that we (Drs. Pray, Kerr and De Benedetti) have put together to share information about Choosing Wisely Canada's campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help health care providers and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
If you are getting this email for the first time, it is because we are expanding the number of HFHT members on our mailing list who receive this publication. In each issue, we summarize recommendations from specialist groups about the kinds of tests or treatments that may not actually provide any added benefit to the patient (and may actually cause harm or unnecessary health care costs), and we point our readers to scientific evidence in the "Quick Links" section for more information about the topic to read on their own (depending on the device you're reading from, the Quick Links can be found on the right hand side of this message, or at the bottom). Even if you are not a clinician, the information in our newsletters can still be relevant to you in terms of understanding the changes that we hope our organization will make in talking to patients about tests and treatments and in ordering them. It might very well shape the way you book an appointment with the next patient who calls!
We would also like to take this time to thank our long-term readers for their positive feedback and dedication to our weekly publication. We are using your feedback to make Practising Wisely as useful as possible to you.
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