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The following is information about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for use by the media.


The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling, and preventive medications, to primary care clinicians. USPSTF recommendations apply to people with no signs or symptoms of the disease, and are based on a rigorous, systematic review of peer-reviewed evidence.

USPSTF members are primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, gynecologists/obstetricians, and health behavior specialists) who are experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Members are required to disclose any possible conflicts of interest for each topic under review.

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Below you will find some helpful media reference materials about the USPSTF and its work.

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The Task Force in the News

The following articles were written by members of the Task Force:

News Bulletins

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

2018

12/13/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Begins Work on Opioid Use Disorder Prevention (560 KB; PDF Help)
11/27/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment (567 KB; PDF Help)
11/20/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statements on HIV Screening and Prevention (570 KB; PDF Help)
11/15/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Highlights High-Priority Evidence Gaps in 2018 Report to Congress (507 KB; PDF Help)
11/13/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening and Behavioral Interventions for Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults (549 KB; PDF Help)
10/30/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Recommendation Calls for More Research on How Clinicians Can Help Prevent Health Problems Related to Lead Exposure (523 KB; PDF Help)
10/23/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (546 KB; PDF Help)
9/18/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults (169 KB; PDF Help)
9/11/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum (188 KB; PDF Help)
9/4/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women (174 KB; PDF Help)
8/28/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression (174 KB; PDF Help)
8/21/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Multiple Options for Screening Adult Women for Cervical Cancer (187 KB; PDF Help)
8/7/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography (596 KB; PDF Help)
7/10/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Two Final Recommendation Statements Related to Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease (459 KB; PDF Help)
6/26/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures (251 KB; PDF Help)
6/12/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Electrocardiography (439 KB; PDF Help)
6/5/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening and Behavioral Interventions for Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults (427 KB; PDF Help)
5/22/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment (450 KB; PDF Help)
5/8/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation on Screening for Prostate Cancer (176 KB; PDF Help)
4/24/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (440 KB; PDF Help)
4/17/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statements on Prevention of Falls and Fractures (460 KB; PDF Help)
3/20/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer (447 KB; PDF Help)
3/12/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointments of New Chair, Vice Chair, and Member (227 KB; PDF Help)
2/20/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults (450 KB; PDF Help)
2/13/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Screening for Ovarian Cancer (451 KB; PDF Help)
2/7/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Two New Members (582 KB; PDF Help)
2/6/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women (443 KB; PDF Help)
1/16/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Two Draft Recommendation Statements Related to Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease (453 KB; PDF Help)
1/9/2018 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (439 KB; PDF Help)

2017

12/19/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Two Draft Recommendation Statements Related to Screening With Electrocardiography (ECG) (461 KB; PDF Help)
12/12/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Hormone Therapy for Preventing Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women (419 KB; PDF Help)
12/7/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Highlights High-Priority Evidence Gaps in 2017 Report to Congress (171 KB; PDF Help)
11/7/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures (633 KB; PDF Help)
10/10/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer (112 KB; PDF Help)
9/26/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statements on Prevention of Falls and Fractures (119 KB; PDF Help)
9/12/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening Most Adult Women for Cervical Cancer (110 KB; PDF Help)
9/5/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Vision Screening in Children Ages 3 to 5 (358 KB; PDF Help)
7/18/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Ovarian Cancer (358 KB; PDF Help)
7/11/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle in Adults Without Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease (359 KB; PDF Help)
6/20/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents (358 KB; PDF Help)
5/30/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (337 KB; PDF Help)
5/16/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions (359 KB; PDF Help)
5/9/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Thyroid Cancer (358 KB; PDF Help)
5/8/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointments of New Chair and Vice Chair (325 KB; PDF Help)
4/25/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening for Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women (334 KB; PDF Help)
4/11/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Prostate Cancer (368 KB; PDF Help)
3/28/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Celiac Disease (358 KB; PDF Help)
3/7/2017 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Gynecologic Conditions With Pelvic Examination (328 KB; PDF Help)
2/28/17 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Child Vision Screening (361 KB; PDF Help)
2/13/17 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Three New Members (312 KB; PDF Help)
1/24/17 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults (346 KB; PDF Help)
1/10/17 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Folic Acid Supplementation for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects (334 KB; PDF Help)

2016

12/20/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes Infection (343 KB; PDF Help)
12/16/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Highlights High-Priority Evidence Gaps in 2016 Report to Congress (357 KB; PDF Help)
11/29/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle in Adults Without Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease (359 KB; PDF Help)
11/22/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Thyroid Cancer (359 KB; PDF Help)
11/16/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Two New Members (318 KB; PDF Help)
11/13/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Statin Use for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in High-Risk Adults (362 KB; PDF Help)
11/1/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents (329 KB; PDF Help)
10/25/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Primary Care Interventions to Support Breastfeeding (700 KB; PDF Help)
9/27/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women (112 KB; PDF Help)
9/06/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Adults at Increased Risk (85 KB; PDF Help)
8/09/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents (118 KB; PDF Help)
8/02/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes Infection (80 KB; PDF Help)
7/26/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Skin Cancer (447 KB; PDF Help)
6/28/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Gynecologic Conditions With Pelvic Examination (514 KB; PDF Help)
6/16/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening Adults 50-75 for Colorectal Cancer (549 KB; PDF Help)
6/14/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults (411 KB; PDF Help)
6/07/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Publishes Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Syphilis (408 KB; PDF Help)
5/10/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Folic Acid Supplementation for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects (118 KB; PDF Help)
5/03/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Celiac Disease (118 KB; PDF Help)
4/26/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Primary Care Interventions to Support Breastfeeding (159 KB; PDF Help)
4/12/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Publishes Final Recommendation Statement on Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer (423 KB; PDF Help)
4/05/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Adults (113 KB; PDF Help)
3/14/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointments of New Chair and Vice Chair (407 KB; PDF Help)
3/08/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (445 KB; PDF Help)
3/01/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults (446 KB; PDF Help)
2/16/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children (97 KB; PDF Help)
2/09/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Publishes Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents (97 KB; PDF Help)
2/08/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Four New Members (169 KB; PDF Help)
01/27/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2016 ACOG Consensus Conference Statement (97 KB; PDF Help)
01/26/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Clinicians Screen All Adults for Depression (108 KB; PDF Help)
01/12/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendations on Screening for Breast Cancer (361 KB; PDF Help)
Current as of: August 2018

Internet Citation: Newsroom. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. December 2018.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/newsroom

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