/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Symposium on overdiagnosis and the launch of the Choisir avec soin campaign/

The QMA tackles overdiagnosis, a major issue for the health care system.

MONTREAL, March 31, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - On Wednesday, April 2, the Québec Medical Association (QMA) will hold Quebec's first symposium on overdiagnosis. Several participants from the health care system (clinicians, medical association representatives, professionals, patient advocacy groups) will meet to discuss the impact of overdiagnosis and overtreatment in the health care system to establish an action plan to deal with this phenomenon.

Renowned Speakers
Two renowned speakers, Dr. Iona Heath, a leading figure in the international movement addressing the issue of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, as well as Dr. Anthony B. Miller, Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, will speak at this event.

The Choosing Wisely Campaign
At 5 p.m., the QMA will launch the campaign Choisir avec soin, the francophone component of Choosing Wisely Canada, which aims to help doctors and patients discuss and exchange information about medical tests, treatments and procedures that are not necessary and together choose wisely and effectively to ensure the best quality of care.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: Symposium: from 8:30 to 5 p.m.
Launch of Choose Wisely: 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. 
Place: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Montreal
What: Symposium about overdiagnosis and the launch of Choisir avec soin

About the Québec Medical Association
The Québec Medical Association is made up of close to 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together members of the Québec medical community in a context that promotes reflection and action in the best interests of the health of Quebecers.

SOURCE Quebec Medical Association

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