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USPSTF recommendations have formed the basis of the clinical standards of many professional societies, health organizations, and medical quality review groups. Previous editions of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services have been used widely in undergraduate and post-graduate medical and nursing education as a key reference for teaching preventive care.
The work of the USPSTF has helped establish the importance of including prevention in primary health care, ensuring insurance coverage for effective preventive services, and holding providers and health care systems accountable for delivering effective care.
USPSTF recommendations highlight the opportunities for improving delivery of effective services and have helped others in narrowing gaps in the provision of preventive care in different populations.
Current as of December 2010
About the USPSTF: Impact of the Recommendations. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. December 2010. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/impact.htm