Choosing Wisely at Island Health: Reducing Unnecessary Variation in Care

Choosing Wisely is an international initiative that seeks to promote dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and procedures. In 2019, Island Health made a commitment to join the Becoming a Choosing Wisely Hospital campaign and was awarded Level 1 Designation in 2020.

Through engagement with medical staff including annual island-wide virtual symposiums and participation in Knowledge to Action Month in partnership with Island Health Research, and through our commitment to quality improvement the Choosing Wisely movement at Island Health is building momentum. Choosing Wisely aligns with Island Health’s vision to Increase Value and Ensure Sustainability in healthcare.

Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) has over 400 recommendations published across a large number of clinical specialties and has developed many helpful patient resources.

Opportunity continues to grow for medical staff to engage with Choosing Wisely at Island Health sites and in the community as we work together to reduce unnecessary variation in care. Email to find out how you can get involved today!

The Oversight Committee will be hosting our Fourth Virtual Event – ‘Choosing Wisely at Island Health: Simple steps to support sustainability’ on Friday, November 17, 2023! Click here to register and secure your spot.


Visit the CWC at Island Health Virtual Events page for more details or email if you have any questions

Click on the links below to see how Island Health Chooses Wisely, both on our path to achieve CWC Hospital Quality Improvement Designation, and as individuals and teams dedicated to quality patient care.

CWC at Island Health

The work of the Oversight Committee & Milestones

Using Labs Wisely

Unbundling for best practice

Using Blood Wisely

A national campaign for appropriate transfusion

Antipsychotic Prescribing

Reducing prescribing in insomnia for seniors with dementia

Public Awareness Campaign

Promoting Patient & Provider Conversation

Choosing Wisely Together

Medical Staff and Program Led CWC projects including sustainability initiatives

CWC at Island Health Virtual Events

Read about our virtual symposiums

Resources and Tools for Improvement

Are you looking to make changes in your area? Are you passionate about quality improvement? Expand the headings below to learn more about some resources available to you to expand your quality improvement toolbox.

Do you want to learn more? Visit the External Resources page on the Medical Staff Website to learn about some external funding opportunities facilitated through Island Health and become a champion for change.

Getting Started with Physician Quality Improvement

Are you a medical staff member interested in Quality Improvement but are not sure where to start?

Register for Level Two Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) Fundamentals – a two-day virtual workshop introducing Quality Improvement and teaching you the skills you need to get started.

Visit the Physician Quality Improvement page to learn more about opportunities to get involved with PQI or email

Interested in learning about QI at your own pace from a world-class institution? We offer free access for medical staff to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School.

Not sure where to start? We recommend Quality Improvement 101-103! Please contact for a complimentary registration code.

Island Health Report PORTAL: Supporting Quality Improvement

Are you looking for data to support quality improvement Work? Have you visited the Report PORTAL accessible through the Island Health intranet? This resource includes site level data available on the Island Health performance dashboard, organizational priorities, patient flow and more.

The material contained and linked in the Report PORTAL is for internal Island Health use, for work associated with understanding, monitoring, and improving the health system only. Use of this information for research is not permitted. For opportunities related to Research please contact Island Health Research & Capacity

To view measures related to Choosing Wisely:

  1. Login to the Report PORTAL using your Island Health Login:
  2. Navigate to ‘Quality Improvement’ or bookmark the ‘Quality Improvement’ direct link for easy access.


    3. View reports located under the heading ‘Medical Quality’.

Your Island Health Network login is required to access the site.

Please contact if you have any questions about Report PORTAL or to access specific reports.

For the most up to date news on Choosing Wisely at Island Health, email

Are you involved in work to implement Choosing Wisely recommendations and spread awareness in your area? Do you Choose Wisely as a provider and incorporate recommendations into your every day practice? Spread the word by emailing and have your efforts highlighted on the website or reach out to learn how you can be involved in Choosing Wisely at Island Health.