The CTFPHC Newsletter Issue 26

The CTFPHC Newsletter Issue 26


Need easy-to-reference tools to talk to patients about screening? We can help. Find these tools and more on the Task Force website:

Upcoming Guidelines

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

Online Conferences

Attending the virtual Annual Scientific Assembly of The Manitoba College of Family Physicians in 2021?

  • Dr Ahmed Abou-Setta will present a webinar, What are the best evidence-based preventive screening strategies for esophageal adenocarcinoma (among patients with GERD), thyroid dysfunction, and depression in pregnancy and postpartum?



The ECRI Guidelines Trust, which provides summary material for major guidelines from across the globe awarded the recent Guideline on screening for esophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease a perfect score in each trust category.


Congratulations John!

Congratulations to Task Force member John Riva who successfully defended his PhD and published part of his thesis, Optimizing the Presentation of Indirect Evidence for Clinical Practice Guideline Panels That Use the GRADE Approach for Decision-Making, in the Annals of Internal Medicine.





New Members




We are thrilled to welcome new Task Member Dr. Henry Siu, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. Dr. Siu brings expertise in caring for older adults which will help integrate their perspectives and unique needs into guideline development. Read a profile article here.






Our newest fellow, Dr. Pascale Breault, is a medical educator focused on Indigenous health issues and evidence-based healthcare. Dr. Breault will be mentored by Task Force member Dr. Guylène Theriault. Read her recent CMAJ Blogs post on racism in Indigenous health.





Related Reading

How do media reports influence preventive medicine? What do you do when a patient insists on screening after reading about it in the media? A recent article in Canadian Family Physician Preventive health care and the media by Task Force member Dr. Guylene Theriault and coauthors discusses the role of the media and the importance of shared-decision making in these conversations.

Many guideline users are unaware of industry sponsorship of guidelines and other organizational financial conflict of interest issues. Dr. Ainsley Moore and coauthors explore the topic in Financial conflict of interest among clinical practice guideline-producing organisations in the British Journal of General Practice.


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 Fellowship 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