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USPSTF A-Z Topic Guide

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) was convened by the Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications. This list includes all recommendations: active, inactive, and in progress.


Topic Index: A-Z

To view a recommendation, use the alphabetic index that follows to select a topic beginning with:

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening (2014)
Additional Risk Factors for Intermediate CHD Risk: Screening (2009)
Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Counseling (2013)
Anemia (Iron Deficiency Anemia): Screening (2006)
Aspirin/NSAIDs for Prevention of Cancer: Preventive Medication (2007)
Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Preventive Medication (2009)
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening (2013)

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Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy: Screening (2008)
Bacteriuria: Screening (2008)
Bladder Cancer: Screening (2011)
Blood Pressure in Adults (Hypertension): Screening (2007)
Breast and Ovarian Cancer, BRCA Testing: Screening (2013)
Breast Cancer: Screening (2009)
Breast Cancer: Preventive Medication (2013)
Breastfeeding: Counseling (2008)

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Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening (2014)
Celiac Disease: Screening (2014)
Cervical Cancer: Screening (2012)
Child Maltreatment: Counseling (2013)
Chlamydial Infection: Screening (2007)
Cholesterol Abnormalities in Adults (Dyslipidemia, Lipid Disorders): Screening (2008)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening (2008)
Cognitive Impairment (Dementia): Screening (2014)
Colorectal Cancer: Screening (2008)
Coronary Heart Disease (Electrocardiography): Screening (2012)
Coronary Heart Disease (Risk Assessment, Nontraditional Risk Factors): Screening (2009)

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Dementia (Cognitive Impairment): Screening (2014)
Dental and Periodontal Disease: Counseling (Inactive)
Dental Caries in Children From Birth Through Age 5 Years: Screening (2014)
Depression in Adults: Screening (2009)
Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2009)
Diabetes Mellitus: Screening (2008)
Drug Use, Illicit: Screening (2008)
Drug Use in Children and Adolescents, Illicit or Nonmedical: Counseling (2014)
Dyslipidemia in Adults (Cholesterol Abnormalities, Lipid Disorders): Screening (2008)
Dyslipidemia in Children: Screening (2007)

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Falls Prevention in Older Adults: Counseling and Preventive Medication (2012)
Folic Acid Supplementation: Preventive Medication (2009)

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Gestational Diabetes: Screening (2014)
Glaucoma: Screening (2013)
Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication (2011)
Gonorrhea: Screening (2005)
Gynecologic Cancers: Counseling (Inactive)

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Healthful Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Counseling (2012)
Healthful Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in At-Risk Adults: Counseling (2014)—New!
Hearing Loss, Older Adults: Screening (2012)
Hearing Loss, Newborn: Screening (2008)
Hemochromatosis: Screening (Inactive)
Hemoglobinopathies: Screening (2007)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Screening (2014)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection (Pregnant Women): Screening (2009)
Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Screening (2013)
Herpes Simplex, Genital: Screening (2005)
Hip, Developmental Dysplasia: Screening (2006)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening (2013)
Hyperbilirubinemia in Infants: Screening (2009)
Hypertension (Primary) in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2013)
Hypothyroidism, Congenital: Screening (2008)

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Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents (Scoliosis): Screening (2004)
Illicit Drug Use: Screening (2008)
Immunizations, Adult
Immunizations, Child
Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening (2009)
Intimate Partner Violence and Elderly Abuse: Screening (2013)
Iron Deficiency Anemia (Anemia): Screening (2006)

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Kidney Disease (Chronic): Screening (2012)

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Lead Levels in Childhood and Pregnancy: Screening (2006)
Lipid Disorders in Adults (Cholesterol Abnormalities, Dyslipidemia): Screening (2008)
Lipid Disorders in Children: Screening (2007)
Lung Cancer: Screening (2013)

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Preventive Medication (2012)
Motor Vehicle Occupant Restraints: Counseling

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Nutrition (Diet for High-Risk Adults): Counseling (2003)

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Obesity in Adults: Screening and Counseling (2012)
Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2010)
Oral Cancer: Screening (2013)
Osteoporosis: Screening (2011)
Ovarian Cancer: Screening (2012)
Ovarian and Breast Cancer, BRCA Testing: Screening (2013)

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Pancreatic Cancer: Screening (2004)
Pap Smear (Cervical Cancer): Screening (2012)
Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment: Screening (2013)
Phenylketonuria: Screening (2008)
Preeclampsia: Screening (1996); (Update in Progress)
Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication (2014)—New!
Prostate Cancer: Screening (2012)

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Rh Incompatibility: Screening (2004)
Rubella: Immunizations
Rubella: Screening (Inactive)

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Scoliosis (Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents): Screening (2004)
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Counseling (2008)
Sickle Cell Disease: Screening (2007)
Skin Cancer: Screening (2009)
Skin Cancer: Counseling (2012)
Sleep Apnea: Screening (2014)
Smoking (Tobacco Use): Interventions (Children and Adolescents) (2013)
Smoking (Tobacco Use): Counseling and Interventions (Adults) (2009)
Speech and Language Delay: Screening (2006)
Substance Abuse (Drug Use, Illicit): Screening (2008)
Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults,and Older Adults: Screening (2014)
Syphilis: Screening (2004)
Syphilis (Pregnant Women): Screening (2009)

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Testicular Cancer: Screening (2011)
Thyroid Cancer: Screening (1996)
Thyroid Disease: Screening (2004)
Tobacco Use (Smoking): Counseling and Interventions (Adults) (2009)
Tobacco Use (Smoking): Interventions (Children and Adolescents) (2013)
Tuberculosis Infection: Screening (1996)

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Visual Acuity in Older Adults, Impaired: Screening (2009)
Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5: Screening (2011)
Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening (2013)
Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation to Prevent Fractures: Preventive Medication (2013)
Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease: Preventive Medication (2014)

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Youth Violence: Counseling

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Inactive Topics

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has decided not to review the evidence and update its recommendations for inactive topics. The previous evidence review and recommendation may contain information that is outdated.

The USPSTF bases its recommendations on current evidence about preventive services. The USPSTF decides not to update some topics (or “inactivate” them) for a number of reasons. Topics may be inactivated because they are no longer relevant to clinical practice. This may be the result of changes in technology, a new understanding of the etiology or natural history of the disease, or the evolving natural history of the disease. Topics may also be inactivated because they involve services that cannot be implemented in a primary care setting or are not referable by a primary care clinician. In addition, topics that have a low public health burden or that otherwise fall outside the scope of the USPSTF may be inactivated.

The USPSTF encourages primary care clinicians to consult other sources for current evidence regarding inactive topics. If new evidence becomes available, the USPSTF may elect to update an inactive topic.

Current as of September 2014

Internet Citation:

USPSTF A-Z Topic Guide. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspstopics.htm


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