U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Highlights High-Priority Evidence Gaps in 2023 Report to Congress

November 1, 2023 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its “13th Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services.”

In this annual report, the USPSTF calls attention to high-priority research gaps related to promoting mental health and wellness for people of all ages. The report also reinforces the USPSTF’s commitment to improving health equity by highlighting research gaps that are reflective of populations that are most affected by these conditions.

The topics featured in this report include screening for anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide risk in children, adolescents, and adults in the primary care setting. These important mental health conditions are common and affect many Americans and their families. 

Future research can help fill gaps in these areas and may result in new recommendations that will help to improve the mental health of people nationwide. By identifying evidence gaps and highlighting them as research priorities, the USPSTF aims to inspire collaboration among researchers to generate new knowledge in disease prevention, reduce disparities in healthcare, and close key evidence gaps. 

Read the complete report on the USPSTF website.