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The SOGC Adopts Choosing Wisely Canada Initiative to Better Serve Patients

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) today unveiled a top-ten list of commonly used obstetrical and gynaecologic tests and treatments which an expert review committee has determined usually do not add value to the care of patients. The list is part of the Choosing Wisely Canada initiative which encourages clinicians and patients to engage in conversations to avoid unnecessary tests while making smart and effective choices supporting high quality care.

“Research shows that 30% of what is done by health care providers confers no benefit to patients,” says Dr. George D. Carson, outgoing President of the SOGC. “As an obstetrician and President of the SOGC, I have made it an important part of my mandate for the SOGC to rigorously review common procedures. Unnecessary tests and treatments do not add value to care. In fact, they take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives, sometimes risks from those investigations and contribute to stress for patients.”