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Topics in Progress

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The USPSTF makes recommendations about three types of clinical preventive services: screening tests, preventive medications, and counseling. Recommendations on preventive services are made for asymptomatic people (people without signs and symptoms of the conditions targeted by the preventive services). For more information and to nominate a topic, click here.

The following topics are in review and development with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). The purpose of a review is to update a recommendation based on new research or to add a new recommendation to the Task Force library.

Every recommendation involves several stages of development. The diagram below outlines the current stage for each topic now under review. The review process takes into account input from the medical and research community, stakeholders, and the general public.

The length of time for the entire recommendation process varies depending on the amount and type of available evidence and the time required for compilation of data into a draft recommendation, public comment periods and consideration of comments, and in-depth review and discussions among Task Force members.

Stages of Development

Topics under review and development are listed below.

Create Research Plan. Draft Research Plan: The Task Force  works with researchers from an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) and creates a draft Research Plan that guides the review process. Invite Public Comments: 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 and address them as appropriate, and the Task Force create a final Research Plan.

Breast Cancer (S)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Spirometry (S)
Colorectal Cancer (S)
Depression in Adults (S)
Dyslipidemia in Children and Adolescents (S)
Dyslipidemia and Use of Statins to Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes in Adults (S and PM)
Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults (S)

Develop Evidence and Recommendation Statement. Steps include Draft Evidence Report then Draft Recommendation Statement, Invite Public Comments, Finalize Evidence Report and then Finalize Recommendation Statement. Go to www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/tfprocess.htm for full description of this process.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (S)
Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Events (PM)
Aspirin Use to Prevent Cancer (PM)
Aspirin Use to Prevent Preeclampsia (PM)
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children (S)
Carotid Artery Stenosis (S)
Dental Caries Prevention in Children From Birth to Age 5 Years (S and PM)
Depression in Children and Adolescents (S)
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia (S)
Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults at Risk (C)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults (S)
High Blood Pressure in Adults (S)
Iron Deficiency Anemia in Childhood and Pregnancy (S)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (C)
Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 Years or Younger (S)
Suicide Risk (S)
Thyroid Disease (S)
Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women (C)
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Impaired Fasting Glucose, and Impaired Glucose Tolerance (S)
Vitamin D Deficiency (S)

Disseminate Recommendation Statement. Publish and Disseminate Final Recommendation Statement. The final Recommendation Statement and supporting materials, including the final Evidence Report, are posted on the USPSTF Web site at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. At the same time, the final Evidence Report and final Recommendation Statement are published together in a peer-reviewed journal. The final Recommendation Statement is also made available through electronic tools and a consumer guide.

Abbreviations: C = Counseling; PM = Preventive Medications; S = Screening

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Follow this link to see the list of all Recommendation Statements.

Current as of April 2014

Internet Citation:

Topics in Progress. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/topicsprog.htm


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