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Practising Wisely

About the Program

Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment is a suite of new continuing professional development opportunities for primary care providers.

Participants will identify opportunities to “practise wisely”, with a focus on reducing over-prescribing, over-imaging, over-screening, and over-monitoring using the latest evidence and tools from diverse sources.

The program centres on case studies and incorporates individual reflection and group work. It helps participants to build communication skills to guide their patients through the shift from seeking sickness to enhancing health.

Learning Objectives
After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify opportunities to reduce “too much medicine”
  • Access and assess reliable, renewing online resources
  • Integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care
  • Communicate and build consensus with patients to reduce over-medicalization

Program Delivery Options
Practising Wisely was structured in modular format and has two delivery options:

  1. A full deep dive into all four modules
  2. A half day case-based small-group workshop
    • Modules 1 plus one of Modules 2, 3, or 4

Upcoming Sessions

November 30 – Calgary

Request a Practising Wisely Workshop

Practising Wisely is more than a CPD course. It is a framework that will help you implement good health care stewardship and avoid over-medicalization for your patients. You can’t do it alone–your whole clinic needs to be behind you.

If you are interested in bringing an interdisciplinary Practising Wisely program please complete the by-request form here. For more information contact cpd@acfp.ca or call 780-488-2395.

Module 1

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 2

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 3

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

Module 4

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.