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Getting the best health care means making smart decisions about preventive services. Preventive services, such as screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medicines, are tests or treatments that your doctor or others provide to prevent illnesses before they cause you symptoms or problems. To help doctors and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a person’s needs, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations based on a review of high-quality scientific evidence, and publishes its recommendations on its Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.

The goal of these recommendations is not only to offer guidance to doctors, nurses and other primary care professionals, but to provide patients and their families with the most accurate and up-to-date information on ways to prevent illness and improve health and well-being.

On this page you will find easy-to-understand information on the Task Force and on health topics for which the Task Force has released a recommendation. These materials include guides, fact sheets, slideshows, and videos available for view and download. You can sort the table by document title, type of material, or recommendation title, or simply browse using the search function. These materials are designed to inform people about Task Force recommendations and are not intended to replace advice from a health professional.

Title Source Type Relevant Recommendation(s)
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents

Screening for Cervical Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Cervical Cancer: Screening, March 2012

Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care, May 2013

Medications to Reduce Risk for Primary Breast Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Breast Cancer: Medications for Risk Reduction, September 2013

Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article

Ovarian Cancer: Screening, September 2012

Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions, June 2013

Screening for Coronary Heart Disease With Electrocardiography: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Coronary Heart Disease: Screening with Electrocardiography, July 2012

Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Drug Use, Illicit: Primary Care Interventions for Children and Adolescents, March 2014

Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures: Preventive Medication, February 2013

Screening for Glaucoma: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Glaucoma: Screening, July 2013

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for CVD Prevention: Behavioral Counseling

Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Hepatitis C: Screening, June 2013

Screening for Breast Cancer: Background (Draft Research Plan) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Tool
Screening for Breast Cancer: Questions & Answers About the Update U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening, August 2012

Screening for HIV: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening, April 2013

Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (Hypertension): Screening, October 2013

Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Screening, August 2012

Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Obesity in Adults: Screening and Management, June 2012

Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Oral Cancer: Screening, November 2013

Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and CVD in Adults: Risk Assessment with ABI, September 2013

Screening for Prostate Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Prostate Cancer: Screening, May 2012

Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Skin Cancer: Counseling

Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

BRCA-related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing, December 2013

Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Lung Cancer: Screening, December 2013

Screening for Gestational Diabetes: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Gestational Diabetes: Screening, January 2014

Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and CVD: Counseling, February 2014

Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening, March 2014

Preventing Falls in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Falls Prevention in Older Adults: Counseling and Preventive Medication, May 2012

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening, January 2013

Menopausal Hormone Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Preventive Medication, October 2012

Screening for Hepatitis B Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Hepatitis B, Non Pregnant Adolescents and Adults: Screening, May 2014

Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Low Dose Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication, September 2014

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening, June 2014

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Healthful Diet and Physical Activity: Counseling Adults with High Risk for CVD

Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults: Screening, May 2014

Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling, September 2014

Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: Screening, September 2014

Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening, July 2014

Screening for Abnormal Glucose and Diabetes: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Preventing Dental Caries in Children Ages 0 to 5 Years: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Age 5 Years: Screening, May 2014

Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening, 2014

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Thyroid Dysfunction: Screening

Screening and Supplementation for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening

Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Depression in Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening

Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Iron Supplementation in Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnant Women: Screening and Supplementation

Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Guide
Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults and Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions

Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Hypertension in Adults: Screening and Home Monitoring

Screening for Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Screening

Screening for Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Breast Cancer: Screening

Screening for Depression in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Depression in Adults: Screening

Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening

Autism (healthfinder.gov) Healthfinder.gov Resource List

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening

Autism Spectrum Disorder (MedlinePlus) National Library of Medicine Resource List

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource List

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening

Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening

Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U. S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening

Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Preventive Medication

Primary Care Interventions to Support Breastfeeding: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Celiac Disease: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Folic Acid Supplementation for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening

Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Colorectal Cancer: Screening

Screening for Gynecologic Conditions with Pelvic Examination: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
Screening for Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide

Skin Cancer: Screening

Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes Infection: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide
News Bulletin U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article

Breast Cancer: Screening

Get the Facts U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article

Breast Cancer: Screening

Background Information U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article

Breast Cancer: Screening

Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article

Breast Cancer: Screening

Current as of: August 2016

Internet Citation: Index. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. August 2016.
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