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.

 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual

Learn about the methods used by the Task Force to ensure that the recommendations and evidence reviews are scientifically sound, reproducible, and well documented.

Read the Procedure Manual

 

Standards for Guideline Development

Standards for Guideline Development

Learn how the Task Force’s processes align with the National Academy of Medicine's recommendations for trustworthy, evidence-based guideline development.

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Key Methods and Processes Information

Key Methods and Processes Information

General Methods Articles

Read articles that provide further details on the Task Force’s methodology.

9/24/2019

Improvements to the US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

5/15/2019

What Evidence Do We Need Before Recommending Routine Screening for Social Determinants of Health?

12/15/2017

AJPM Supplement: Advancing the Methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

7/5/2016

Use of Decision Models in the Development of Evidence-Based Clinical Preventive Services Recommendations (PDF File, 202 KB)

11/17/2015

Evidence-Based Clinical Prevention in the Era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

9/1/2015

Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care: Perspectives in Enhancing the Evidence Base

3/18/2014

Behavioral Counseling Research and Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations

6/1/2009

USPSTF: An Evidence-Based Prevention Resource for Nurse Practitioners (PDF File, 510 KB)

2/3/2009

Update on Methods: Insufficient Evidence (PDF File, 229 KB)

12/18/2007

Update on Methods: Estimating Certainty and Magnitude of Net Benefit (PDF File, 90 KB)

7/17/2007

Current Processes: Refining Evidence-Based Recommendation Development (PDF File, 101 KB)

7/17/2007

Update on Methods: How to Read the New Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 302 KB)

3/1/2007

Integrating Evidence-Based Clinical and Community Strategies to Improve Health (PDF File, 378 KB)

1/1/2004

Shared Decision making About Screening and Chemoprevention (PDF File, 106 KB)

5/1/2002

Behavioral Counseling Interventions: An Evidence-Based Approach (PDF File, 178 KB)

4/1/2001

Current Methods of the USPSTF: A Review of the Process (PDF File, 274 KB)

4/1/2001

AJPM Supplement: Introducing the Third U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Specific Populations Articles and Resources

Read articles and other resources 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. A summary of the Task Force's approach to specific populations is available on the Specific Populations page.

4/18/2017

Developing Recommendations for Evidence-Based Clinical Preventive Services for Diverse Populations

3/2/2017

An Approach to Addressing Subpopulation Considerations in Systematic Reviews

7/8/2016

USPSTF Approach to Child Cognitive and Behavioral Health (PDF File, 134 KB)

2/2/2014

USPSTF Analytic Framework for Child and Adolescent Health Topics

10/1/2012

Challenges in Synthesizing the Evidence on Interventions to Prevent Functional Decline in Older Adults (PDF File, 1.1 MB)

9/25/2012

Individualizing Cancer Screening in Older Adults (PDF File, 211 KB)

7/2/2012

USPSTF Perspective on Evidence-Based Preventive Recommendations for Children

7/1/2011

Common Syndromes in Older Adults Related to Primary and Secondary Prevention (PDF File, 4.9 MB)

3/1/2011

Values of Older Adults Related to Primary and Secondary Prevention (PDF File, 522 KB)

12/21/2010

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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    Current as of: June 2018

     

    Internet Citation: Methods and Processes. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2019.