The following is information about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for use by the media.
The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling, and preventive medications, to primary care clinicians. USPSTF recommendations apply to people with no signs or symptoms of the disease, and are based on a rigorous, systematic review of peer-reviewed evidence.
USPSTF members are primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, gynecologists/obstetricians, and health behavior specialists) who are experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Members are required to disclose any possible conflicts of interest for each topic under review.
To learn more about:
- The USPSTF and how it makes recommendations, select here.
- Current USPSTF recommendations, select here.
- USPSTF recommendations that are in progress, select here.
- Current opportunities for public comment, select here.
- Current USPSTF members, select here.
Below you will find some helpful media reference materials about the USPSTF and its work.
- Introduction to the USPSTF—Slide Presentation (519 KB; PDF Help)
- USPSTF Overview (39 KB; PDF Help)
- USPSTF Recommendation Process (37 KB; PDF Help)
- AHRQ's Support of the USPSTF (42 KB; PDF Help)
The Task Force in the News
The following articles were written by members of the Task Force:
- Evidence-based clinical prevention in the environment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Drs. Albert Siu, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, and David Grossman – JAMA Viewpoint
- What every parent should know about autism screening – Dr. David Grossman – U.S. News & World Report's For Better Blog
- New breast cancer screening guidelines explained – Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo – The Washington Post's To Your Health Blog
Internet Citation: Newsroom. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. May 2016.