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AHRQ and United Health Foundation to distribute the latest clinical prevention recommendations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is partnering with United Health Foundation to distribute more than 400,000 copies of the 2006 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, a new guide to evidence-based clinical preventive services recommendations, to clinicians nationwide.

The guide contains 53 new or revised recommendations from the AHRQ-sponsored U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care. It conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for a broad range of preventive services, and their recommendations are considered the gold standard for clinical preventive services.

Recommendations focus on screenings for obesity, breast cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and HIV; hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women; and diet and behavioral counseling. The recommendations are grouped by cancer; cardiovascular problems; infectious diseases; mental and substance abuse disorders; metabolic, nutritional, and endocrine disorders; musculo-skeletal conditions; and obstetric and gynecological conditions.

United Health Foundation is working with medical and nursing societies, including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Osteopathic Association to provide free copies of the guide to their members.

AHRQ will also distribute the guide on request. To download the The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2006: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/pocketgd.htm. Print copies (AHRQ Publication No. 06-0588) are also available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

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