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1. What does “in progress” mean?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) periodically (with the aim of every 5 years) updates recommendations based on new evidence or adds new recommendations to its library. Topics that are under review or in development are called “in progress.”
2. What are the stages of review and development?
- The first stage is to create a research plan to guide the systematic review of the evidence.
- The second stage is to conduct a systematic review of the evidence.
- The third stage is to develop one or more specific recommendations. The public has the opportunity to comment on these supporting documents at each of these stages.
- Finally, the specific recommendations are disseminated to primary care clinicians. More detailed information about topics in progress is available.
3. How long does it take for a topic in progress to become a final recommendation statement?
The length of time for the entire recommendation process varies, depending on 1) the amount and type of available evidence and the time required for compilation of data into a draft recommendation, 2) public comment periods and consideration of comments, and 3) in-depth review and discussions among Task Force members. Generally, it can take 2 to 3 years to develop a final recommendation statement.
4. What supporting documents are available now?
The supporting documents that are available at this time are located under “Update in Progress.” Depending on which stage the topic is in at this point in time, any of the following supporting documents may be available: draft research plan, final research plan, draft evidence report, final evidence report, draft recommendation statement, and final recommendation statement. Over time, more supporting documents will become available, so please check back often. Until the final recommendation statement has been published in a peer-reviewed journal or on the USPSTF Web site, the recommendation at the top of the topic page is considered current.
5. Where is the new recommendation statement?
This topic is currently in progress, meaning a final recommendation statement has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal or on the USPSTF Web site. The supporting documents that are available at this time are located under “Update in Progress.” The recommendation at the top of the topic page is considered current until the final recommendation statement is available.
Current as of February 2012
Topics Question and Answer Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/topicqa.htm