Methods and Processes
The Task Force is committed to using a clear, consistent, and transparent recommendation development process so that health care professionals, partners, and the American public can understand and trust its work. The Task Force documents its methods in a procedure manual and other resources to ensure that the recommendations and evidence reviews are consistently of high quality, methodologically sound, scientifically defensible, reproducible, and unbiased. This page includes links to resources and published articles about Task Force methods.
General Methods Articles
Read articles that provide further details on the Task Force’s methodology.
- Behavioral Counseling Research and Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations
- Use of Decision Models in the Development of Evidence-Based Clinical Preventive Services Recommendations (PDF File, 202 KB)
- Update on Methods: Estimating Certainty and Magnitude of Net Benefit (PDF File, 90 KB)
- Current Processes: Refining Evidence-Based Recommendation Development (PDF File, 101 KB)
- Update on Methods: How to Read the New Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 302 KB)
- Update on Methods: Insufficient Evidence (PDF File, 229 KB)
- Behavioral Counseling Interventions: An Evidence-Based Approach (PDF File, 178 KB)
- Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care: Perspectives in Enhancing the Evidence Base
- Integrating Evidence-Based Clinical and Community Strategies to Improve Health (PDF File, 378 KB)
- Shared Decisionmaking About Screening and Chemoprevention (PDF File, 106 KB)
- USPSTF: An Evidence-Based Prevention Resource for Nurse Practitioners (PDF File, 510 KB)
Specific Populations Articles
Read articles that provide details on methods relevant to the development of Task Force recommendations for specific populations based on sex, age, race/ethnicity, and other factors.
- Developing Recommendations for Evidence-Based Clinical Preventive Services for Diverse Populations
- An Approach to Addressing Subpopulation Considerations in Systematic Reviews
- USPSTF Approach to Child Cognitive and Behavioral Health (PDF File, 134 KB)
- USPSTF Perspective on Evidence-Based Preventive Recommendations for Children
- Reconsidering the Approach to Prevention Recommendations for Older Adults (PDF File, 359 KB)
Note: All publications are reflections of the Task Force’s methods at the time of publication. For current Task Force methods, please refer to the Task Force’s Procedure Manual.
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Internet Citation: Methods and Processes. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2017.