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Approach of the Canadian Task Force to the Periodic Health Examination

Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(2_Part_1):253-254. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-92-2-253
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The report of the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination (1), discussed by Delbanco and Taylor (2) in the preceding editorial, is the most recent of a growing number of published recommendations of its kind (3-6). Early in their 2 years of deliberation, the members of the Task Force decided that any new and updated recommendations to be offered should be both scientifically valid and clinically meaningful.

To proceed, the Task Force first agreed on definitions. We defined the periodic health examination as an early detection procedure in asymptomatic, ostensibly healthy persons, specifically a group of tasks undertaken


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