Choosing Wisely Africa: Ten low-value or harmful practices that should be avoided in cancer care

Fidel Rubagumya, Gunita Mitera, Sidy Ka, Achille Manirakiza, Philippa Decuir, Susan C. Msadabwe, Solange Adani Ifè, Emmanuella Nwachukwu, Naomi Ohene Oti, Hirondina Borges, Miriam Mutebi, Dafalla Abuidris, Verna Vanderpuye, Christopher M. Booth, Nazik Hammad

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PURPOSE Choosing Wisely Africa (CWA) builds on Choosing Wisely (CW) in the United States, Canada, and India and aims to identify low-value, unnecessary, or harmful cancer practices that are frequently used on the African continent. The aim of this work was to use physicians and patient advocates to identify a short list of low-value practices that are frequently used in African low- and middle-income countries. METHODS The CWA Task Force was convened by the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer and included representatives from surgical, medical, and radiation oncology, the private and public sectors, and patient advocacy groups. Consensus was built through a modified Delphi process, shortening a long list of practices to a short list, and then to a final list. A voting threshold of ≥ 60% was used to include an individual practice on the short list. A consensus was reached after a series of teleconferences and voting processes. RESULTS Of the 10 practices on the final list, one is a new suggestion and 9 are revisions or adaptations of practices from previous CW campaign lists. One item relates to palliative care, 8 concern treatment, and one relates to surveillance. CONCLUSION The CWA initiative has identified 10 low-value, common interventions in Africa’s cancer practice. The success of this campaign will be measured by how the recommendations are implemented across sub-Saharan Africa and whether this improves the delivery of high-quality cancer care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1192-1199
Number of pages8
JournalJCO Global Oncology
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020


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