Choosing Wisely Canada – Recommendations for Palliative Care


Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in healthy conversations about potentially unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

Choosing Wisely Canada focuses on areas where evidence overwhelmingly shows that a test, treatment or procedure provides no benefit to a patient, and could even cause harm. These are not grey areas where evidence is debatable.

The recommendations for palliative care were developed by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, after careful consideration of the latest evidence, expert opinions, and input from the CSPCP membership.

Recommendations for Palliative Care

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Patient Pamphlet

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French: Read More

How were the recommendations developed?

The recommendations were developed by the CSPCP under the leadership of Dr Mary-Jane O’Leary (BC) and Dr. Jessica Simon (AB, Board member). Through an iterative process, they collated CSPCP members’ feedback and worked with Choosing Wisely Canada to develop the recommendations. Many thanks to all the CSPCP members who contributed to this project. For detail on the process see the recommendation sheets posted above.

To view recommendations for all participating specialties

Go to the Choosing Wisely Canada website: