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Nominating a Topic
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.
Breast Cancer (S)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Spirometry (S)
Colorectal Cancer (S)
Dyslipidemia in Children and Adolescents (S)
Dyslipidemia and Use of Statins to Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes in Adults (S and PM)
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)
Dementia and Cognitive Impairment (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)
Illicit or Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use in Children and Adolescents (C)
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)
Abbreviations: C = Counseling; PM = Preventive Medications; S = Screening
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Current as of February 2014
Topics in Progress. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/topicsprog.htm