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Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care Evidence Reviews

Series Editor: Dr Ivan Florez

A thematic series published in Systematic Reviews.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) was established and is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to develop clinical practice guidelines that support primary care providers in delivering preventive health care in Canada. Although funded by PHAC, the CTFPHC is an independent body that is comprised of Canadian primary care and prevention experts. The CTFPHC uses the Grading of Recommendation, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system to develop its guidelines, and all recommendations are based on rigorous evidence review. Launched in April 2018, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care Evidence Reviews Collection includes all evidence review protocols and evidence reviews conducted to support the development of CTFPHC guidelines. More information about the CTFPHC can be found on its website ( Evidence review protocols and evidence reviews for guidelines that were developed prior to the launch of the Collection can also be found on the CTFPHC website page for each guideline.

Publication of this article series was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  1. Content type: Protocol

    To inform recommendations by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care by systematically reviewing direct evidence on the effectiveness and acceptability of screening adults 40 years and older in prima...

    Authors: Michelle Gates, Jennifer Pillay, Guylène Thériault, Heather Limburg, Roland Grad, Scott Klarenbach, Christina Korownyk, Donna Reynolds, John J. Riva, Brett D. Thombs, Gregory A. Kline, William D. Leslie, Susan Courage, Ben Vandermeer, Robin Featherstone and Lisa Hartling

    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2019 8:216

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  2. Content type: Protocol

    Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of cancer, preventable death, and disability. Smoking cessation can increase life expectancy by nearly a decade if achieved in the third or fourth decades of life. Various ...

    Authors: Mona Hersi, Gregory Traversy, Brett D. Thombs, Andrew Beck, Becky Skidmore, Stéphane Groulx, Eddy Lang, Donna L. Reynolds, Brenda Wilson, Steven L. Bernstein, Peter Selby, Stephanie Johnson-Obaseki, Douglas Manuel, Smita Pakhale, Justin Presseau, Susan Courage…

    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2019 8:28

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  3. Content type: Protocol

    In 2018, the World Health Organization reported that depression is the most common cause of disability worldwide, with over 300 million people currently living with depression. Depression affects an individual...

    Authors: Candyce Hamel, Eddy Lang, Kate Morissette, Andrew Beck, Adrienne Stevens, Becky Skidmore, Heather Colquhoun, John LeBlanc, Ainsley Moore, John J. Riva, Brett D. Thombs, Ian Colman, Sophie Grigoriadis, Stuart Gordon Nicholls, Beth K. Potter, Kerri Ritchie…

    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2019 8:27

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  4. Content type: Protocol

    Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections in Canada. Existing national guidance on screening for these infections was not based on a systematic...

    Authors: Jennifer Pillay, Ainsley Moore, Prinon Rahman, Gabriel Lewin, Donna Reynolds, John Riva, Guyléne Thériault, Brett Thombs, Brenda Wilson, Joan Robinson, Amanda Ramdyal, Geneviéve Cadieux, Robin Featherstone, Anne N. Burchell, Jo-Anne Dillon, Ameeta Singh…

    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2018 7:248

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