U.S. Preventive Services Task Force banner
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force



Figure 3. Template of an Analytic Framework with Key Questions


Flowchart illustrates the analytic framework that guides researchers in conducting a literature review for the Preventive Services Task Force. For details, select [D] Text Description below.

[D] Select for Text Description.

Key Questions:

  1. Does screening for X reduce Morbidity and/or Mortality?
  2. Can a group at high risk for X be identified on clinical grounds?
  3. Are there accurate (i.e., sensitive and specific) screening tests available?
  4. Are treatments available that make a difference in intermediate outcomes when the disease is caught early, or detected by screening?
  5. Are treatments available that make a difference in morbidity or mortality when the disease is caught early, or detected by screening?
  6. How strong is the association between the intermediate outcomes and patient outcomes?
  7. What are the harms of the screening test?
  8. What are the harms of the treatment?

Return to Document

 


USPSTF Program Office   540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850