This is a challenging time for clinicians, patients, and the health care system. Many in our community have taken leadership in the collective efforts to address the COVID-19 public health crisis.
One of the ways we can slow the transmission of COVID-19 is by reducing the strain on the health care system. There has never been a better time to choose wisely in healthcare resource allocation
We want to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of health professionals, researchers, staff, and administration who have mobilised across NZ to provide safe and quality care.
Do refer to the Ministry of Health who are providing evidence-based information about COVID 19. https://www.health.govt.nz/
Canadian expert Dr Mike Evans explains why not all testing brings benefits – and the questions every patient should ask. Annual physical checks do not necessarily apply in New Zealand – do discuss what screening tests are right for you with your health professional.
Do you find that you can never remember the right questions to ask your doctor?
Choosing Wisely New Zealand is health professional led, patient focussed, and here to promote quality care, through better decisions. It is multi professional – engaging doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives and other health professional groups – as part of an international community of Choosing Wisely initiatives taking place around the world
Choosing Wisely is a global initiative that has been implemented in a number of countries, including USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and some of Europe.
The campaign aims to promote a culture where low value and inappropriate clinical interventions are avoided, and patients and health professionals have well-informed conversations around their treatment options, leading to better decisions and outcomes.