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Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Abstract (Guide to Clinical Preventive Services)

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication topics and includes clinical considerations for each topic. This new pocket guide is an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services.

Select for the Web version. (PDF file PDF File, 2.2 MB). 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services. Sponsored since 1998 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Task Force is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care.

The pocket guide covers all USPSTF recommendations from 2002 through March 2010. Up-to-date recommendations are available through the A-Z Topic Index on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Web Site.

Recommendations are organized for quick reference and easy searching. One section matches recommended preventive services to patients—men, women, pregnant women, and children.

Print Version: A free copy of the pocket guide (AHRQ Publication No. 10-05145) is available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, on a single copy basis.

Please note: Charges may apply for bulk copies and for delivery to addresses outside of the United States.

PDA Program: Another online option for accessing USPSTF recommendations is its PDA program, the Electronic Preventive Services Selector. The program lets users search USPSTF recommendations by age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors. The tool, updated as new recommendations are released, can be downloaded to a PDA or used on the Web. Go to http://www.epss.ahrq.gov.

Current as of September 2010
Internet Citation: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Abstract (Guide to Clinical Preventive Services). September 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/guide2012/abstract.html