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Task Force Takes on Canada’s Urgent Child Obesity Challenge with New Guidelines

Today the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Task Force) issued its latest guidelines on the prevention and management of childhood obesity. With 1 in 3 children classified as either overweight or obese in Canada the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last 40 years. The Task Force’s guidelines focus on the importance of growth monitoring (height, weight and body mass index) and the critical role of primary health care practitioners. Guidelines are now available in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and are being distributed to physicians across Canada.

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The CTFPHC newsletter issue 4

Greetings! I am pleased to announce the release of two additional clinical practice guidelines: prostate cancer screening and adult obesity prevention and management.

On 27 October, 2014, CMAJ published the CTFPHC’s Recommendations on screening for prostate cancer with the prostate-specific antigen test. For more information about the prostate cancer guideline, systematic review and associated knowledge translation tools, please visit the CTFPHC prostate cancer guideline page.

On 26 January, 2015, CMAJ published the CTFPHC’s Recommendations for prevention of weight gain and use of behavioural and pharmacologic interventions to manage overweight and obesity in adults in primary care. For more information about the adult obesity guideline, systematic reviews and associated knowledge translation tools, please visit the CTFPHC adult obesity guideline page.

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Canadian Task Force Tackles the Complex Issue of Adult Obesity

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Task Force) has issued its latest guidelines on adult obesity prevention and management. Adult obesity in Canada has nearly tripled in the past 40 years. Today 67% of men and 54% of women are considered overweight or obese making adult obesity one of Canada’s most pressing public health challenges. The Task Force’s guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations designed to help primary care doctors play a more integral role in the prevention and management of this growing problem. Guidelines are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

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CTFPHC Mobile App Now Available

The CTFPHC has created a mobile app to help physicians rapidly access CTFPHC guidelines and resources at the point of care and while on the go. The app contains guideline and recommendation summaries, knowledge translation tools, and links to additional resources. Key features include the ability to bookmark sections for easy access, display content in either English or French, and change the font size of text. The app is available on Apple’s App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and Google Play (for Android devices).

Prostate Cancer Guideline Released

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has released an updated clinical practice guideline that recommends against screening for prostate cancer with the PSA test. This guideline was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The new guideline updates prior guidelines by the CTFPHC from 1994. Both the recommendations and clinical tools can be found on the CTFPHC prostate cancer page.

Canadian Task Force Recommends Against Screening for Prostate Cancer

Today the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) released an updated guideline on screening for prostate cancer using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. Based on the balance between the possible benefits and potential harms of early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, the CTFPHC recommends not screening for prostate cancer with the PSA test. Guidelines are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

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Become a member

The membership of the CTFPHC includes a dynamic group of primary care and disease prevention experts from across Canada. This expert panel will consider the latest scientific evidence as the basis for the development of guidelines for prevention in primary care.

CTFPHC members are appointed by the Chief Public Health Officer as well as a representative from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for a term of three years based on established selection criteria. Individuals who are recognized nationally and internationally in their field of expertise, who bring significant experience and knowledge in the area of evidence review methodology and guideline production, application of evidence to decision-making or policy making, critical appraisal of peer-reviewed literature, disease prevention and health promotion and expertise in methodology (e.g., medical decision-making, clinical epidemiology, health economics) are encouraged to apply. Knowledge or clinical experience in primary care would be an asset. Interested candidates are asked to send their resumes to info@canadiantaskforce.ca.

For further information please contact Dr. Karen Grimsrud, Director Prevention Guidelines Division, Public Health Agency of Canada at karen.grimsrud@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

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CTFPHC Hypertension Guideline published in Canadian Family Physician

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) Recommendations on screening for high blood pressure in adults was published in Canadian Family Physician, the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The recommendations confirm primary care practitioners can help improve patient outcomes by measuring blood pressure at all appropriate primary care visits and by using the techniques described in the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP). The new guideline updates prior guidelines developed by the CTFPHC in 1994. The recommendations can be found on this website.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care releases updated guideline on Screening for Depression

The Cana­dian Task Force on Pre­ven­tive Health Care (CTFPHC) today re­leased an up­dated guide­line on screen­ing for de­pres­sion in pri­mary care set­tings. Due to a lack of high qual­ity ev­i­dence on the ben­e­fits and harms of screen­ing, the new guide­line rec­om­mends not rou­tinely screen­ing adults who show no ap­par­ent symp­toms of de­pres­sion. The guide­line is pub­lished in the Cana­dian Med­ical As­so­ci­a­tion Jour­nal.

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The CTFPHC newsletter issue 3

Greetings! I am pleased to announce the release of three new clinical practice guidelines: Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cervical Cancer Screening.

On 16 October, 2012, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published Recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes in adults. In addition to the guideline, the CTFPHC has also developed knowledge translation tools for primary care providers and patients, including a FINDRISC for Clinicians and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for patients.

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The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care releases updated Guideline for Cervical Cancer Screening

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Task Force) today released an updated guideline on cervical cancer screening, recommending women aged 25–69 years be screened at an interval of three years. The CTFPHC, an independent body of fourteen specialists with expertise in prevention, and primary care in Canada, says early and frequent (often annual) cervical screening is unnecessary. The guideline is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care releases updated Guideline for Screening Adults for Type 2 Diabetes

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) today released an updated guideline calling for more precision in type 2 diabetes screening. The Guideline, prepared by the independent panel of 14 clinicians and experts in research, prevention, and primary care in Canada, suggests using a risk calculator as a means of identifying patients who require routine screening with a blood The Guideline is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care releases updated Guideline for Screening Adults for Type 2 Diabetes

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) today released an updated guideline calling for more precision in type 2 diabetes screening. The Guideline, prepared by the independent panel of 14 clinicians and experts in research, prevention, and primary care in Canada, suggests using a risk calculator as a means of identifying patients who require routine screening with a blood The Guideline is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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The CTFPHC newsletter issue 2

Greetings! The Task Force has seen a very busy and exciting past few months with the release of our guideline on Breast Cancer Screening (more info on below). Months of hard work put in by the CTFPHC members, the Evidence and Review Synthesis Centre at McMaster University, the Task Force Office, and peer reviewers made this guideline possible, and resulted in recommendations that will give patients and primary care practitioners guidance on when to screen for breast cancer.

I’m pleased to announce the release of the CTFPHC’s new video (more info below), which will aid in the doctor–patient discussion surrounding screening for breast cancer. We hope this new media will highlight the importance of having an informed conversation on the harms and benefits of screening.

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Updated guidelines for breast cancer screening in average risk women

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Task Force) has released an updated guideline for breast cancer screening in average risk women aged 40–74. The guideline, prepared by an independent panel of 14 clinicians and experts in research, prevention, and primary care in Canada, is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and has been endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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The CTFPHC Newsletter Issue 1

Greet­ings! I am pleased to wel­come back the Cana­dian Task Force on Pre­ven­tive Health Care and its new mem­ber­ship.

Dur­ing my time so far as chair, I have de­vel­oped a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the im­por­tant job ahead for the Task Force. With the ded­i­ca­tion of our Task Force mem­bers, the 2011 guide­lines are now well un­der­way fol­low­ing two meet­ings in April and June 2010, with an up­com­ing meet­ing in No­vem­ber 2010.

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