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. (https://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

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 References:
    • Methods Work Group, Third U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Current methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: a review of the process. Am J Prev Med 2001;20:21-35. [PMID: 11306229]
    • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Routine aspirin or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2007;146:361-4.
    • Whitlock EP, Garlitz BA, Harris EL, Beil TL, Smith PR. Screening for hereditary hemochromatosis: a systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2006;145:209-23. [PMID: 16880463]
    • Barton MB, Miller T, Wolff T, Petitti D, LeFevre M, Sawaya G, et al. How to read the new recommendation statement: methods update from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2007;147:123-7.

Current as of: June 2007

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