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Prevention Task Force Moves to AHCPR
Press Release Date: December 12, 1995
Future operations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—an
independent advisory panel that today released its second edition
of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services—will
move to the
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research to join the agency's
other guideline activities.
The Task Force was first convened by the U.S. Public Health
Service in 1984. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion supported the first two editions of the
"We are very pleased to welcome the highly acclaimed U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force and its staff to AHCPR," said
AHCPR Administrator Clifton R. Gaus, Sc.D. "The work of the Task
Force complements and strengthens AHCPR's mission to improve the
quality and value of America's health care services."
According to Douglas B. Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., director of
clinical guideline development at AHCPR, "We look forward to
expanding our work on preventive care guidelines, and we pledge
to continue the tradition of supporting up-to-date, high-quality,
evidence-based preventive care guidelines."
AHCPR is mandated by Congress to improve the quality of health
care, reduce its cost and broaden access to health care services
through health services research and clinical practice
The agency thus far has released 17 clinical practice guidelines
on topics ranging from the management of heart failure to the
detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression. AHCPR is
currently preparing several detailed prevention guidelines that
will complement and expand some of the recommendations issued
today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Other AHCPR prevention activities include the release in
September of interim findings on stroke prevention that could
halve the 80,000 strokes suffered each year due to atrial
fibrillation; the preparation of materials designed to help
HIV-positive pregnant women decide whether to take the drug AZT
reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to their babies; and
the funding of investigator-initiated grants on
For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855.