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AHRQ announces expanded resource to help adults stay healthy

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published a revised and expanded booklet for health care consumers, the Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults. This guide updates the Put Prevention Into Practice program's Personal Health Guide and is based on the most current research-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The Pocket Guide, which is available in English and Spanish, includes tips and recommendations on good health habits, screening tests, and immunizations. It provides easy-to-use charts to help people track personal health information, and it includes questions to ask health care providers, as well as resources and contacts for additional information.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, sponsored by AHRQ, is the leading independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care. The Task Force conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of all of the scientific evidence for a broad range of preventive services, and its recommendations are considered the gold standard for clinical prevention.

The Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP) program is designed to increase the appropriate use of clinical preventive services. PPIP tools enable physicians and other health care providers to determine which services their patients should receive and how best to deliver them. These tools also make it easier for patients to understand and keep track of their preventive care.

Select Task Force recommendations and PPIP resources for more information.

Print copies of this publication (AHRQ Publication Nos. APPIP 03-0001, English; APPIP 03-0010, Spanish) and related materials are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

Clinical information also is available from the National Guideline Clearinghouse™.

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