The CTFPHC Newsletter Issue 24

The CTFPHC Newsletter Issue 24

Health care workers are vital

The COVID1-9 pandemic has highlighted the vital role of our health system and health workers. From primary care to emergency physicians, ICU teams, nurses, respiratory technicians and many other health care workers, people in health care are critical in Canadian society. To everyone who has re-engineered their practices, counselled worried patients over the phone, provided in-person care, volunteered to help with COVID testing and so much more, we salute you.

Thank you and stay well and safe.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care


Upcoming Guidelines

Guideline Topics

What topics interest you? Submit ideas for preventive health guideline topics.


Join our team!

Do you have expertise in disease prevention, methods and/or guideline production? Interested in joining Canada’s national preventive health care guideline development group? The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care is seeking anew Chair and a new member to help develop and promote clinical practice guidelines.

The Chair is the public face of the Task Force and provides strategic direction to the group.

Strong consideration will be given to people with scholarly leadership in their areas of expertise. Background in family practice is an asset.

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2020.


New Public Panel

The Task Force is excited to announce the Task Force Public Advisors Network (TF-PAN) created to encourage early, meaningful and effective engagement with the public.

A panel of 10-12 members of the public from across Canada will provide input on guidelines and outcomes for primary care, and help with guideline dissemination. Recruitment for the panel will begin this summer – stay tuned for more information.

Testing Wisely

A new discussion tool is available to help clinicians navigate potentially difficult conversations with patients who request tests that are ‘strongly recommended against’ by the Task Force.

The Testing Wisely tool provides talking points, along with a sample conversation using the thyroid screening guideline as an example.

Post-COVID primary care

How can we prioritize clinical services during the post-pandemic period? Task Force member Dr. Guylène Thériault provides ideas in a Canadian Family Physician article,Post-COVID primary care reboot.






Co-chair Dr. Ainsley Moore delivered a well-attended webinar, Task Force Round-Up 2020: Preventive screening for breast cancer, lung cancer and thyroid dysfunction for members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada earlier this year. Missed it? Watch the webinar, which includes infographics and tools for shared decision making with patients.

Family medicine residents at McMaster University will now learn a new core competency, thanks to a peer-led project. “Improving Shared Decision Making in Breast Cancer Screening: Peer to Peer Teaching in Family Medicine Residency. a new core competency was recently introduced into the evidence-based medicine curriculum, based on a project by McMaster residents Shagufta Panchbhaya, Jordan Lafranier, Katie Mattina and Marina Wang, Inge Schabort, Ainsley Moore about implementing shared decision making, using the Task Force’s recent breast cancer update.

The students based their work by Task Force member Guylene Thériault published in Canadian Family Physician linked to teaching shared decision making in family medicine residency.


Interested in how the Task Force produces guidelines?
A new methodology infographic provides an easy-to-reference overview of the process.
See the Task Force’s history at-a-glance.








Lignes directrices du Groupe d’étude maintenant disponibles en français

  • Près de 20 documents de recommandation sont maintenant disponibles en français. Ils portent notamment sur le dépistage du cancer colorectal, du cancer du poumon, du cancer de la prostate ainsi que d’autres maladies chroniques.




Trainees and early career professionals

The Task Force Internship Program offers mentored training opportunities to Canadian health care trainees and early career professionals.Learn more.




Patients and Public Engagement

Patients and members of the public can help identify important harms and benefits of preventive health care, and give feedback on guideline communication tools.Interested? Email Compensation is provided.





Clinical Prevention Leaders Network promotes the use of clinical practice guidelines through local educational outreach and peer-to-peer learning. Interested in joining the network? Visit CPL Network webpage.Healthcare Practitioner Tool Usability Testing – Clinicians can provide feedback on content, layout, navigation and look of guideline decision tools. Interested? Email


The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care is composed of experts who develop evidence-based recommendations for clinical preventive health services delivered by primary care practitioners. The Task Force is supported by the Global Health and Guidelines Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Evidence Review and Synthesis Centres from the University of Ottawa and the University of Alberta, and the Knowledge Translation Team from St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto.



Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care