Karen Born

Assistant Professor
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Karen Born, MSc, PhD is Knowledge Translation Lead for the Choosing Wisely Canada . Choosing Wisely Canada is the national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care and is based at St. Michael’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of Toronto and Canadian Medical Association. She is responsible for the dissemination of Choosing Wisely Canada content to patients and the public. This includes leading media and public awareness campaigns to advance health literacy and knowledge about resource stewardship in health care. She also co-leads the integration of Choosing Wisely Canada and resource stewardship competencies into undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Karen organizes the Choosing Wisely international Collaboration, bringing together more than twenty-five countries from six continents. She serves as a Series Advisor with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on a Choosing Wisely practice series. She is a member of national and international research teams related to de-implementation, resource stewardship and health system sustainability. This research includes approaches to pandemic recovery which optimize limited health system resources and prioritize high value, sustainable health care. Karen holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She is an assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation and teaches on knowledge translation, qualitative research methods, quality improvement, value and sustainability. 

Pandemic Related Publications

Born K, Levinson W. Reframing Resource Stewardship and Sustainability as Professionalism: What Can Efforts for a Net-Zero Health System Learn from Choosing Wisely Campaigns? Healthc Pap. 2020 Oct;19(3):35-40. doi: 10.12927/hcpap.2020.26375. PMID: 33337301 

Leis J A, Born K B, Theriault G, Ostrow O, Grill A, Johnston K B et al. Using antibiotics wisely for respiratory tract infection in the era of covid-19 BMJ  2020;  371 :m4125 doi:10.1136/bmj.m4125 

Soong C, Born KB, Levinson W. Less is more, now more than ever. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021 Jan;30(1):56-58. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-011444. Epub 2020 May 22. PMID: 32444426. 

Born, KB, Levinson, W, Correia, L, Vernero, S. Using resources wisely in the COVID-19 pandemic: an international list of Choosing Wisely recommendations.Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 16-21, may 2020. ISSN 2675-021X. 

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