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Bone density tests: when you need them and when you don’t

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English
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Online
Publisher: 
Choosing Wisely
Publication Date: 
2012

A factsheet about when it is useful to have a bone density test and when it is not appropriate – and possibly harmful – to have these tests done.

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Choosing Wisely

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Organization Type: 
NGO - Non Government Organization
Service Language: 
English
Services Provided: 
Advocacy
Community education/development

An American campaign by Advancing Medical Professionalism to Improve Health Care to encourage physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and that in some instances can cause harm.

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USA

Private health screening: what to think about when you’re thinking about screening tests

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English
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Online

The website of a group of doctors in Britain concerned about the safety and the ethics of private screening tests, and about companies who advertise those tests. Includes resources to help people decide whether or not to take a screening test.

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Myth: whole-body screening is an effective way to detect hidden cancers

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English
Publisher: 
Canadian Health Services Research Organization
Publication Date: 
2009

Discusses how whole body screening (e.g. Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans) is promoted to healthy people as preventative health care, while the evidence shows it offers no proven health benefits and exposes people to unnecessary health risks.

Over-diagnosis epidemic

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English
Media Type: 
Online
Author: 
Ray Moynihan
Publisher: 
The Conversation
Publication Date: 
2012

A ten-part online series that outlines the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overuse of medical screening tests.

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Seeking sickness: medical screening and the misguided hunt for disease

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English
Media Type: 
Paper
Author: 
Alan Cassels
Publisher: 
Greystone Books
Publication Date: 
2012

Discusses the most common and recommended types of screening and weighs the pros and cons of each. Deals with questions such as: Do mammograms save lives? Is a colonoscopy necessary for everyone? Is it worth it to spend thousands of dollars for a whole-body scan? Also examines the roles of practitioners and drug companies in getting us to “test-early-and-test-often.”

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ISBN-10: 1771000325
ISBN-13: 978-1771000321
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Includes bibliographical references, footnotes and index. 192 pages.

Physical activity for marginalized women in British Columbia: A discussion paper

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English
Owning Org: 
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Author: 
Pamela Ponic
Rehana Nanjijuma
Ann Pederson
Nancy Poole
Jenny Scott
Publisher: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and ProMOTION Plus
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

An environmental scan on physical activity for marginalized women in BC. The aim of the scan was to learn more about the current context for and activities being facilitated to promote physical activity for marginalized women at provincial and local levels in BC.

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