Vol. 1 No. 5 (2021)

Using Health Care Resources Wisely During and Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published May 12, 2021

Key Messages

  • In the pandemic era, the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign has taken on new meanings and urgency.
  • There are drops in utilization for necessary health care services and procedures during the pandemic; however, there is growing literature suggesting that some decreases in utilization have been driven by declines in low-value tests and treatments. As resources have shifted to pandemic priorities and essential care needs, these unnecessary tests and treatments have also declined.
  • Choosing Wisely Canada and CADTH are proactively working to highlight key recommendations from evidence-based lists of recommendations to inform priorities for rebuilding, which include avoiding low-value care. Rebuilding the health care system in the post-pandemic era needs to take into account a diversity of perspectives on how to prioritize high-value care for those who need it most, including clinician, patient, and policy expert perspectives.