Choosing Wisely Canada
In collaboration with Dr. Stephanie VandenBerg and Choosing Wisely Canada, I had the opportunity to create an infographic that educated patients and healthcare professionals about routine imaging tests for low back pain.
The messages I wanted to communicate was that routine imaging tests for low back pain are not always the best first choice for treatment or diagnosing. Radiation from CT scans can cause serious harm or manipulation to fragile spines. As the 5th most common reason people go to the hospital within the United States, I believe it was important that patients become educated before immediately arriving at certain treatment options. Providing educational information to the patient and even to clinicians enforces a healthier, more cost effective, faster, and rational diagnosing and treatment process.
My primary, secondary, and tertiary audiences are patients who experience low back pain, healthcare clinicians, and others who examine the infographic with minor relevance to the topic, respectively.
My infographic is based on gathered research from scholarly literature, as well as guidance from Dr. VandenBerg.
Patient safety is incorporated into the data in the different types of treatments and alternatives to lumbar back imaging. Educational information is taken into account in order for patients to understand the circumstances and realities of lumbar back imaging. Quality improvement is important because it establishes a genuine and logical process for improvement and is demonstrated through the main flow chart. Resource stewardship lies within the accuracy of data as well as the variety of information for patients to understand.