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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: 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.

Celiac Disease (S)
Dyslipidemia in Children and Adolescents (S)
Folic Acid for Neural Tube Defects (PM)
Sleep Apnea (S)
Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults (S)
Tuberculosis (S)

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

Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Events (PM)
Aspirin Use to Prevent Cancer (PM)
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children (S)
Breast Cancer (S)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Spirometry (S)
Colorectal Cancer (S)
Depression in Adults (S)
Depression in Children and Adolescents (S)
Dyslipidemia and Use of Statins to Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes in Adults (S and PM)
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia (S)
High Blood Pressure in Adults (S)
Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults (S)
Iron Deficiency Anemia in Childhood and Pregnancy (S)
Preeclampsia (S)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (C)
Skin Cancer (S)
Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 Years or Younger (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 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.

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 September 2014

Internet Citation:

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


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