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Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote a Healthy Diet in Adults at Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.


This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on counseling for a healthy diet.

Note: This recommendation was partially updated in 2012 for unselected adults as Healthful Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease.


Current Recommendation

Release Date: January 2003

  • The USPSTF recommends intensive behavioral dietary counseling for adult patients with hyperlipidemia and other known risk factors for cardiovascular and diet-related chronic disease. Intensive counseling can be delivered by primary care clinicians or by referral to other specialists, such as nutritionists or dietitians.
    Grade: B Recommendation.

Supporting Documents

Recommendations and Rationale (PDF File, 150 KB; PDF Help)
Summary of the Evidence (PDF File, 272 KB; PDF Help)
Systematic Evidence Review (PDF File, 2.9 MB; PDF Help)


Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Related Items
Final Research Plan N/A

Current as of May 2013

Internet Citation:

Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote a Healthy Diet in Adults at Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdiet.htm


 


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