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Antibiotics - When You Need Them, And When You Don't

Another bit of good medical advice from the authors of the Choosing Wisely program.  Well worth a read.


What you do makes a difference.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”― Dr. Jane Goodall

Choosing Wisely

Do I Need an X-Ray of My Back?

Short answer, probably not.   Read on to learn why, from the excellent patient-centred website Choosing Wisely:

Imaging for Back Pain

Restoring Sense to Medicine - How Can Doctors and Patients “Choose Wisely”?

The Problem of Reflexive Testing and Procedures

“Don’t just do something, stand there!”

No, I didn’t get that wrong. One of my instructors in medical school (who really was a master at turns of phrase) would use this inverted comment to gently chastise us for putting our patients through unnecessary tests or interventions: Before blindly ordering a lab or imaging test, or reflexively performing a procedure, stop and think for a moment – consider the patient’s full situation, and the implications of what you are about to order. 958 more words

Health And Fitness

Choosing Wisely Canada Fosters Active Patient Participation

An emergency medicine specialist with more than 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Loren Caira works to provide residents of Burns Lake, British Columbia, with high-quality healthcare at the Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre. 151 more words

Loren Caira

This Past Week

This past week, I took a “quasi-vacation”. I worked five and a half hours or so and left at noon each day.  The afternoons off were used to take care of some trivial things.  483 more words


Choosing Wisely For Better Patient Care

 by Kirsten Stoesser

Primum non nocere.

First, do no harm. Nearly every medical student in our nation pledges to abide by these words as part of the Hippocratic Oath upon graduation from medical school.  902 more words