Gail B. Slap, MD
The Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination was formed in 1976 to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive health services. Its first report, published in 1979, outlined a "lifetime plan for preventive medicine" that focused on 78 potentially preventable conditions affecting Canadians (1, 2). The 1984 and 1985 updates reassessed seven and reviewed an additional six conditions (3, 4). The fourth and most recent update of the Task Force addresses three complex conditions with multifactorial causes and incomplete evidence of preventability: unwanted teenage pregnancy, endometrial cancer, and osteoporosis (5).
The original 1979 report recommended that selective screening examinations replace
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Slap GB. The Periodic Health Examination and Adolescent Pregnancy: 1988. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:692-694. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-692
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