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Canadian doctors join campaign against unnecessary tests and treatments

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5370
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Comox, British Columbia

The Canadian Medical Association joined a growing global initiative within the medical community when it announced that it was creating a working group to identify medical tests, interventions, and procedures “for which benefits have generally not been shown to exceed the risks.”

The decision to set up the group was made during the association’s General Council meeting, held in Calgary, Alberta between 18 and 21August.

Louis Hugo Francescutti, the association’s incoming president, said, “If we’re going to try and improve the efficiency and reduce errors in our healthcare system, then what we should be doing is only things that we know will …

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