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2014 Announcements

04/17/14 Final Research Plan: Screening for Colorectal Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final Research Plan on screening for colorectal cancer. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from January 9 to February 5, 2014. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plan, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf14/coloncan/coloncanfinalresplan.htm.

04/14/14 AHRQ Seeks Nomination of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) welcomes nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). Each year, the Director of AHRQ appoints new members to serve 4-year terms and replace those who are completing their service. To learn more about the nomination process, how to nominate an individual for consideration, or how to self-nominate, please visit http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/uspstf/nominate.html. Nominations must be received by Thursday, May 15, 2014 to be considered for appointment with an anticipated start date of January 2015.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate expertise and national leadership in clinical prevention, the critical evaluation of research, and the implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice. In addition, AHRQ seeks candidates who have experience in public health, the reduction of health disparities, the application of science to health policy, and the communication of findings to health care professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

To maintain balance in the expertise among members, this year, AHRQ is actively seeking the nomination of individuals from the field of family medicine. Individuals nominated prior to May 15, 2013 who continue to have interest in serving on the Task Force should be re-nominated.

The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

AHRQ provides ongoing scientific, administrative, and dissemination support to the Task Force. To learn more about how AHRQ supports the Task Force, please visit http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/bulletins/ahrqsupportfact.pdf.

04/08/14 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Low-dose Aspirin for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Recommendation Statement on low-dose aspirin for the prevention of morbidity and mortality from preeclampsia for public comment. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from April 8 through May 5, 2014. To review the draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

04/03/14 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from April 3 through April 30, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

03/27/14 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Primary Care Screening for Depression in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on primary care screening for depression in adults. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from March 27 through April 23, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

03/25/14 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf14/dementia/dementiafinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the March 25 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

03/19/14 Announcement of New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Chair and Co-Vice Chair

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today announced the appointments of Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H., as chair of the Task Force and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D., as co-vice chair. Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H., current co-vice chair, will remain in his position. Dr. LeFevre and Dr. Bibbins-Domingo were appointed to their positions by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr LeFevre has been a member of the Task Force since January 2005 and was previously appointed co-vice chair in March 2011. He is vice chair and director of clinical activities for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. LeFevre is a practicing family physician, researcher, and widely published author. He has been invited to present to audiences across the country as an expert in the field. Dr. LeFevre's research and clinical interests include family medicine, evidence-based medicine, information technology in clinical care, clinical practice guidelines, and preventive services.

Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has been a member of the Task Force since July 2010. She is the Lee Goldman, MD endowed chair in medicine and professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is a general internist and attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital and is the director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo's research is focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases; race, ethnic, and income disparities in health; and clinical and public health interventions aimed at chronic disease prevention.

Dr. LeFevre replaces Dr. Moyer as chair of the Task Force and will serve a 1-year term. Dr. Moyer served on the Task Force as a member from January 2003 to December 2008 and as chair from March 2011 to March 2014.

Full professional biographies for Dr. LeFevre, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo, and all Task Force members are available on the Task Force Web site at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstbio.htm.

The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

03/18/14 Behavioral Counseling Research and Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations: USPSTF Perspectives

The Annals of Internal Medicine published today a methods paper by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) titled “Behavioral Counseling Research and Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Perspectives.” The paper provides the USPSTF's perspective on developing evidence-based recommendations for behavioral counseling interventions, specifically highlighting the challenges encountered by the USPSTF in synthesizing the literature. The paper frames these challenges within the context of two recent USPSTF recommendations: Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults and Counseling in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse. This paper provides an important update to the USPSTF's 2002 paper on behavioral counseling interventions in primary care. To view the paper, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf14/methods/behavcounsel.htm. It can also be found in the March 18 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

03/11/14 Final Recommendation Statement: Primary Care Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on primary care behavioral interventions to reduce illicit drug and nonmedical pharmaceutical use in children and adolescents. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/drugmisuse/drugmisusefinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the March 11 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

02/27/14 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Dyslipidemia and Use of Statins to Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment a draft Research Plan on screening for dyslipidemia and use of statins to improve cardiovascular outcomes in adults. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from February 27 through March 26, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

02/25/14 Final Recommendation Statement: Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplements for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf14/vitasupp/vitasuppfinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the February 25 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

02/20/14 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Spirometry

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using spirometry. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from February 20 through March 19, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

02/18/14 Public Comment on Draft Evidence Report and Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement on screening for carotid artery stenosis. Both are available for review and public comment from February 18 through March 17, 2014. To review the draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

02/11/14 Public Comment on Draft Evidence Report and Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults. Both are available for review and public comment from February 11 through March 10, 2014. To review the draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

02/06/14 Final Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final Research Plan on behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from November 7 to December 4, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plan, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf14/tobacadult/tobacfinalresplan.htm.

02/05/14 2014 Appointment of New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Members

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) announced today the addition of five experts in prevention and primary care to serve as members of the panel: Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.; Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M.; Alex R. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.; Ann E. Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.; and Maureen G. Phipps, M.D., M.P.H. Like all members of the Task Force, these five experts have been appointed by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, with guidance from Task Force leadership, to serve 4-year terms.

This year's appointees replace the following outgoing Task Force members who have completed their terms: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D.; Adelita Gonzales Cantu, Ph.D., R.N.; Glenn Flores, M.D.; David C. Grossman, M.D., M.P.H.; and Wanda K. Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. The Task Force thanks these outgoing members for their years of service and positive contributions to the Task Force's mission.

The new Task Force members bring a wide range of expertise that will help inform the Task Force and its continuing commitment to evidence-based preventive care. Dr. Davidson, a psychologist, has conducted important research in the area of behavioral, psychological, and social influences on disease. Dr. Gillman is a physician with a wealth of expertise in clinical and epidemiological research, focusing on the course of chronic disease through the lifespan and on prevention in childhood. Dr. Kemper, a pediatrician, has extensive experience in prevention and a commitment to improving health care quality through reinforced connections between primary care, specialty care, and public health. Dr. Kurth is a clinically-trained epidemiologist, nurse, and midwife with expertise in the areas of maternal and child health and behavioral epidemiology, with a global health perspective. Dr. Phipps is an obstetrician/gynecologist with expertise in improving health among vulnerable populations and in improving pregnancy outcomes. Full professional biographies for the new members are available on the Task Force Web site at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstbio.htm.

The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

1/28/14 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from January 28 through February 24, 2014. To review the draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

01/23/14 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Dyslipidemia in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on screening for dyslipidemia in children and adolescents. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 23 through February 19, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

01/14/14 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on screening for gestational diabetes mellitus. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/gdm/gdmfinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available online. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the January 14 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

01/13/14 Clinician Fact Sheet on Screening for Lung Cancer Final Recommendation Statement

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a supplemental fact sheet for primary care clinicians on its final recommendation statement on screening for lung cancer. This resource is meant to help health care professionals talk about lung cancer screening with their patients and determine if screening is appropriate, as well as help clinicians understand how to implement this recommendation. It is important to help patients understand if they are at high risk for lung cancer and if they should consider getting screening.

The Task Force published the final recommendation on screening for lung cancer last month. For more information about any of the Task Force's recommendations and resources, please visit its Web site at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

01/09/2014 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Colorectal Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on screening for colorectal cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 9 through February 5, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

2013 Announcements

12/31/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Lung Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on screening for lung cancer. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/lungcan/lungcanfinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the December 31 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

12/24/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/brcatest/brcatestfinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the December 24 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

11/26/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Oral Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final Recommendation Statement on screening for oral cancer. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/oralcan/oralcanfinalrec.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the November 26 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

11/14/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Breast Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment a draft Research Plan on screening for breast cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from November 14 through December 11, 2013. In addition to the draft Research Plan, the Task Force has posted an informational video presentation, which provides an overview of the Task Force's process for developing recommendations, the draft Research Plan, and how the public can provide input. The Task Force invites the public to comment on the draft Research Plan to help in this early stage of the recommendation. To review the materials and draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/breastcancer.htm.

11/12/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplements for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from November 12 through December 9, 2013. To review the draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

11/7/13 USPSTF Third Annual Report to Congress

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) has released its “Third Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services.”

In 2013, the USPSTF continued to fulfill ts mission of improving the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screening tests, counseling about healthy behaviors, and preventive medications. These recommendations help primary care clinicians and patients to decide together whether a preventive service is right for each patient's needs.

In this report, the Task Force has focused on the care of older adults, identifying five high-priority evidence gaps that deserve further examination and that, if filled, are likely to result in important new recommendations. The USPSTF believes that identifying evidence gaps and highlighting them as areas for research will inspire public and private researchers to collaborate and target their efforts to generate new knowledge and address important health priorities.

Please click here to read the complete USPSTF report.

11/7/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from November 7 through December 4, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

11/5/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from November 5 through December 2, 2013. To review the draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

10/31/13 Final Research Plan: Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 Years or Younger

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final Research Plan on screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 years or younger. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from July 25 to August 21, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plan, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/speechdelay/spchfinalresplan.htm.

10/21/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today on its Web site the final Recommendation Statement on screening for primary hypertension in children and adolescents, which was previously published in Pediatrics and Annals of Internal Medicine. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/hypechild/hypechldfinalrec.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is available at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/hypechild/hypechildfact.pdf.

10/18/13 Final Research Plans: Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cancer and Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today two final Research Plans on the use of aspirin as a preventive medication. The first is on aspirin use for the primary prevention of cancer. This topic was previously titled “Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Colorectal Cancer” when it was posted for public comment from June 13 to July 10, 2013. In response to public comments asking for a more integrated approach to recommendations on aspirin use, the Task Force broadened the scope of the final Research Plan to include aspirin use to prevent all types of cancer, including colorectal cancer.

The Task Force also posted today the final Research Plan on the use of aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from July 11 to August 7, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plans, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/asprcolo/asprcanfinalresplan.htm and http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/asprcardio/asprcardfinalresplan.htm

9/30/13 Public Comment on Draft Evidence Report and Draft Recommendation Statement: Primary Care Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft evidence report and draft recommendation statement on primary care behavioral interventions to reduce illicit drug and nonmedical pharmaceutical use in children and adolescents. Both are available for review and public comment from October 1, 2013 through October 28, 2013. To review the draft evidence report and draft recommendation statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

9/24/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Medications for Risk Reduction of Primary Breast Cancer in Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on medications for risk reduction of primary breast cancer in women. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/breastcanmeds/breastcanmedsrs.htm

A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is available here http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/breastcanmeds/breastcanmedsfact.pdf

The final recommendation statement can also be found in the September 24 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

9/12/13 Final Research Plan: Screening for Childhood Major Depressive Disorder Among Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final Research Plan on screening for childhood major depressive disorder among children and adolescents. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from May 30, 2013 to June 26, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plan, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/chlddepr/chlddrpfinalresplan.htm.

9/3/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment With the Ankle–Brachial Index in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final Recommendation Statement and final Evidence Report on screening for peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular disease risk assessment with the ankle–brachial index in adults. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/pad/padfinalrs.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final Recommendation Statement and final Evidence Report can also be found in the September 3 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

8/26/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final Recommendation Statement on primary care interventions to prevent tobacco use in children and adolescents. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/tobacco/tbacfinalrs.htm. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in this week's online issue of Pediatrics and Annals of Internal Medicine.

8/15/13 Final Research Plan: Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Impaired Fasting Glucose, and Impaired Glucose Tolerance

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its final Research Plan on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus, impaired fasting glucose, and impaired glucose tolerance. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from May 2 to May 29, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plan, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/type2/type2finalresplan.htm.

7/30/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Lung Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on screening for lung cancer. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from July 30 through August 26, 2013. To review the draft Recommendation Statement and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

7/25/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 years or younger. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from July 25 through August 21, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

7/11/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from July 11 through August 7, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

7/9/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Glaucoma

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final Recommendation Statement on screening for glaucoma. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsglau.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available on this page. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the July 9 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

6/25/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshepc.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available on this page. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the June 25 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

6/20/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on screening for high blood pressure in adults. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from June 20 through July 17, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

6/18/13 USPSTF Update: Public Comment Period Extended

Due to ongoing technical difficulties with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's Web site, we are extending the public comment period for Prevention of Dental Caries in Children From Birth Through Age 5 Years through Thursday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m., EDT. These technical difficulties with the Web site are being resolved, and you should be able to submit comments shortly.

Thank you for your patience. We look forward to receiving additional comments through Thursday.

6/17/13 Extension of Opportunity for Public Comment

Due to technical difficulties we are currently experiencing with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's Web site, we are extending the public comment period for Prevention of Dental Caries in Children From Birth Through Age 5 Years for an additional 24 hours. The comment period will now be closing on Tuesday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m., EDT.

Thank you to those who have already submitted comments. We look forward to receiving additional comments through tomorrow.

We are working to resolve these technical difficulties and will notify you when the Web site is fully functional.

6/13/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Aspirin Use to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on aspirin use to prevent colorectal cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from June 13 through July 10, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

6/11/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final Recommendation Statement on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsfamv.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available on this page. The final Recommendation Statement can also be found in the June 11 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

5/30/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on screening for depression in children and adolescents. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from May 30 through June 26, 2013.

5/28/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on screening for gestational diabetes mellitus. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from May 28 through June 24, 2013.

5/21/13 Public Comment on Draft Evidence Report and Draft Recommendation Statement: Prevention of Dental Caries in Children From Birth Through Age 5 Years

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement on prevention of dental caries in children from birth through age 5 years. Both are available for review and public comment from May 21 through June 17, 2013.

5/14/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final recommendation statement on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdrin.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation statement in plain language is also available on this page. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the May 14 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

5/02/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Impaired Fasting Glucose, and Impaired Glucose Tolerance

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus, impaired fasting glucose, and impaired glucose tolerance. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from May 2 through May 29, 2013.

4/30/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for HIV

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today its final recommendation statement on screening for HIV. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshivi.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available on this page. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the April 30 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

4/23/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on screening for suicide risk in adolescents, adults, and older adults. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from April 23 through May 20, 2013.

4/16/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Medications for Risk Reduction of Primary Breast Cancer in Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Recommendation Statement on medications for risk reduction of primary breast cancer in women. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from April 16 through May 13, 2013.

4/11/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Childhood and Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft Research Plan on screening for iron deficiency anemia in childhood and pregnancy. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from April 11 through May 8, 2013.

4/09/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Oral Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Recommendation Statement on screening for oral cancer. The draft Recommendation Statement is available for review and public comment from April 9 through May 6, 2013.

4/02/13 Public Comment on Draft Evidence Report and Draft Recommendation Statement: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement on risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer. The draft Evidence Report and draft Recommendation Statement are both available for review and public comment from April 2 through April 29, 2013.

3/28/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from March 28 through April 24, 2013.

3/21/13 Two New USPSTF Videos Available

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) released two new short videos about the role the Task Force plays in preventive medicine and its process for developing evidence-based recommendations. Read more about each video below, and follow the links to hear directly from Dr. Virginia Moyer, chair of the Task Force, and Task Force members Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Dr. Mark Ebell.

Watch the USPSTF Overview video to find out more about the role of the Task Force and how it works to achieve its mission of improving preventive health care for all Americans. In this video, Dr. Moyer, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo, and Dr. Ebell discuss how Task Force recommendations can help clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a patient's needs.

Watch the USPSTF Recommendation Process video to see inside the Task Force's process for developing a recommendation. In this video, the Task Force members discuss creating a research plan, compiling an evidence report, developing a recommendation, and disseminating the recommendation. This video also features the importance of public input in the development of Task Force recommendations.

For more information about any of the Task Force's resources, visit its Web site at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

3/19/13 Public Comment on Draft Evidence Report and Draft Recommendation: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment With Ankle Brachial Index in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today for public comment its draft evidence report and draft recommendation on screening for peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular disease risk assessment with ankle brachial index in adults. This is the first time the Task Force has made an evidence report available for public comment. Posting both the draft evidence report and the draft recommendation simultaneously is part of a new pilot process aimed at expanding the Task Force's current efforts to increase transparency and efficiency.

Both the draft evidence report and draft recommendation are available for review and public comment from March 19 through April 15, 2013.

3/7/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today its draft Research Plan on screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from March 7 through April 3, 2013.

2/26/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation to Prevent Fractures in Adults

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement on vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsvitd.htm. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation statement in plain language is also available on this page. The final recommendation can also be found in the February 26 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

2/26/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation: Screening for Hypertension in Children and Adolescents

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft recommendation on screening for hypertension in children and adolescents. The draft recommendation is available for review and public comment from February 26 through March 25, 2013.

2/21/13 2013 Appointment of New USPSTF Members

On February 21, 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced the addition of three experts in prevention and primary care to serve as members of the panel. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality appointed the following members to join the Task Force: Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H.; William R. Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.; and Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H.

New members are appointed to replace members who have completed their terms. This year's appointees replace the following outgoing Task Force members: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.; Carolina Reyes, M.D., M.P.H.; and Timothy J. Wilt, M.D., M.P.H. The USPSTF congratulates and thanks these outgoing members for their years of service and positive contributions to the Task Force's mission.

The new Task Force members bring a range of expertise in prevention and evidence-based medicine that will help the Task Force continue its mission of improving clinical preventive care for all Americans. Dr. Phillips' work in family medicine includes extensive experience teaching medical students and residents, as well as a proven ability to communicate complex issues in plain language. Dr. Pignone, an internist, has a wealth of expertise in systematic evidence reviews and analytical decisionmaking, the basis of the Task Force's work. Dr. García's background in obstetrics and gynecology has included work to improve women's health and prevent health disparities, helping him bridge the divides between the academic study of health, public health efforts, and community-based medicine.

All three new Task Force members have prior experience developing national health care guidelines and continue to serve as active clinicians who provide primary care services in their communities. Full professional biographies are available on the Task Force Web site at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

2/19/13 Public Comment on Draft Statement: Screening for Glaucoma

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft recommendation statement on screening for glaucoma. The draft recommendation is available for review and public comment from February 19 through March 18, 2013.

2/12/13 USPSTF Has Two New Tools Available for Primary Care

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) has two new tools available for primary care clinicians.

The Task Force's updated 2012 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services is an authoritative source that can help primary care clinicians and patients decide together what preventive services are right for a patient's needs. This edition of the Guide includes the Task Force's evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive services from 2002 through March 2012, topics in development, background on the USPSTF, and additional resources. It also includes at-a-glance clinical summary tables for ease of use.

Click here to view, download, or order a free print copy of the Guide.

Additionally, the USPSTF has partnered with Medscape to develop a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program to help clinicians learn more about the Task Force's role in preventive care. You can watch the Task Force co-chairs in a video roundtable discussion, where they provide an overview of the Task Force, its recommendation process, and its available resources for clinicians.

Click here to view the CME. (Note: You will need to create a free Medscape account and log in to participate.)

The Task Force also provides additional resources for primary care clinicians, including:

For more information about any of the Task Force's resources, visit its Web site at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

1/29/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Persons With Known Risk Factors

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in persons with known risk factors. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 29 through February 25, 2013.

1/29/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 29 through February 25, 2013.

1/22/13 Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement on screening for intimate partner violence and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please click here. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation statement in plain language is available here. The final recommendation can also be found in the January 22 online edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.

1/22/13 Public Comment on Draft Recommendation: Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft recommendation statement on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. It is available for review and public comment from January 22 to February 18, 2013 by clicking here. The evidence report on which this draft recommendation is based was also published today in Annals of Internal Medicine and is available here.

1/15/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. It is available for review and public comment from January 15 to February 11, 2013.

1/15/13 Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Interventions to Reduce the Nonmedical Use of Drugs in Children and Adolescents

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on interventions to reduce the nonmedical use of drugs in children and adolescents. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 15 to February 11, 2013.

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