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Current Processes: Refining Evidence-based Recommendation Development - Table 2

Aims and Processes of the USPSTF to Ensure Integritya

Goal Process

Transparency

  • Standardized methodology described in methods papers published on the USPSTF Web site. (http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org) and in peer-reviewed journals;b updates of this methodology in upcoming issues of Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Publication of all evidence reports and recommendations on the USPSTF Web site.
  • Topics in progress posted on the USPSTF Web site.
  • Federal Register notice soliciting new member and new topic nominations.

Accountability

  • Conflict of interest policy for EPC researchers and USPSTF members.
  • Process for prioritizing topics for review by the USPSTF.
  • Peer review of EPC evidence syntheses and all USPSTF recommendation statements by content experts in federal and professional organizations.
  • Updating to keep recommendations consistent with current literature.

Consistency

  • Systematic reviews of the literature on effectiveness and harms (http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epc/).
  • Use of outcomes tables to assess balance of benefits and harms.
  • Evidence grid defining letter grades.
  • Standardized language for recommendations.

Independence

  • Evidence review process.
  • Voting process (members only).
  • Meeting attendance by invitation.
  • Formalized communication between USPSTF and stakeholders.

Notes:

  •  a EPC = Evidence-based Practice Center; USPSTF = U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
  •  b Go to Reference 1.

 

 

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Internet Citation: Current Processes: Refining Evidence-based Recommendation Development - Table 2. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. December 2013.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/current-processes-refining-evidence-based-recommendation-development---table-2

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