About Choosing Wisely SA

Choosing Wisely Saudi Arabia, an initiative launched by the Ministry of Health in 2019 and led by the Saudi Patient Safety Center, is primarily driven by the goal of improving and enhancing patient safety. The vision behind this initiative is to ensure that healthcare services are safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered, while providing the appropriate level of care based on scientific research. It acknowledges that the current delivery of healthcare services in Saudi Arabia sometimes involves unnecessary waste of resources. To address this issue, the initiative aims to raise awareness among physicians and patients regarding the misuse of medical resources, influencing their attitudes and promoting more efficient resource utilization.
A National Steering Committee has been established to provide credible and effective leadership support, ensuring the initiative's success. Choosing Wisely Saudi Arabia focuses on improving the quality and safety of care delivered to patients by reducing waste, unnecessary tests, and procedures, while simultaneously enhancing communication between patients and healthcare providers. By implementing best practice guidelines and fostering a culture of evidence-based decision-making, the initiative plays a vital role in creating a safer healthcare environment. Ultimately, its mission is to enhance patient safety, promote better outcomes, and ensure that patients receive high-quality care that is both effective and safe.

Initiative Scope & Purpose - Why was this initiative launched?

Initiative Outcomes - What is the initiative impact?


Choosing Wisely initiative is one of our most well-known initiatives. The goal of the initiative is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

On a medium to long term, Saudi Choosing Wisely program will help:

Checkout the Choosing Wisely one-pager document in Arabic and English from the link below to gain a better understanding of what Choosing Wisely entails.

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