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Steps the USPSTF Takes to Make a Recommendation

Steps the USPSTF Takes to Make a Recommendation

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Step 1. Create Research Plan

Draft Research Plan

Task Force members work with researchers from an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a draft Research Plan that guides the recommendation process.

Opportunity for Public Comment

The draft Research Plan is posted on the USPSTF Web site for public comment.

Finalize Research Plan

The Task Force and EPC review all comments, address them as appropriate, and create a final Research Plan.

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Step 2. Develop Evidence Review and Recommendation Statement

Draft Evidence Review

Using the final Research Plan, the research team at the EPC independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence and creates a draft Evidence Review.

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Draft Recommendation Statement

The Task Force discusses the draft Evidence Review and the effectiveness of the service. Based on the discussion, the Task Force creates a draft Recommendation Statement.

Opportunity for Public Comment

The draft Evidence Review and draft Recommendation Statement are posted simultaneously on the USPSTF Web site for public comment.

Finalize Evidence Review

The EPC reviews all comments on the draft Evidence Review, addresses them as appropriate, and creates a final Evidence Review.

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Finalize Recommendation Statement

The Task Force discusses the final Evidence Review and any new evidence. The Task Force then reviews all comments on the draft Recommendation Statement, addresses them as appropriate, and creates a final Recommendation Statement.

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Step 3. Disseminate Recommendation Statement

Publish and Disseminate Final Recommendation Statement

The final Recommendation Statement and supporting final Evidence Review are posted on the USPSTF Web site at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. Final Recommendations are also made available through electronic tools, peer-reviewed journals, and consumer guides. In addition, a final Evidence Summary is published in a peer-reviewed journal, outlining the evidence the Task Force reviewed.

 

Current as of: July 2014

Internet Citation: Steps the USPSTF Takes to Make a Recommendation. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. October 2014.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/steps-the-uspstf-takes-to-make-a-recommendation

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