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Getting the best health care means making smart decisions about preventive services. Preventive services, such as screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medicines, are tests or treatments that your doctor or others provide to prevent illnesses before they cause you symptoms or problems. To help doctors and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a person’s needs, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations based on a review of high-quality scientific evidence, and publishes its recommendations on its Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.

The goal of these recommendations is not only to offer guidance to doctors, nurses and other primary care professionals, but to provide patients and their families with the most accurate and up-to-date information on ways to prevent illness and improve health and well-being.

On this page you will find easy-to-understand information on the Task Force and on health topics for which the Task Force has released a recommendation. These materials include guides, fact sheets, slideshows, and videos available for view and download. You can sort the table by document title, type of material, or recommendation title, or simply browse using the search function. These materials are designed to inform people about Task Force recommendations and are not intended to replace advice from a health professional.

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Title Source Type Relevant Recommendation(s)
News Bulletin U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent CVD in Adults Without Risk Factors JAMA Guide Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guide Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Prevención de caídas en adultos mayores JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
Prevención de la infección ocular gonocócica en recién nacidos JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
Prevención del consumo de tabaco en niños y adolescentes JAMA Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
Preventing Dental Caries in Children Ages 0 to 5 Years: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Age 5 Years: Screening
Preventing Falls in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Falls Prevention in Older Adults: Counseling and Preventive Medication
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Prueba de detección de cáncer de cuello uterino JAMA Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
Prueba de detección de escoliosis en adolescentes JAMA Guide Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening
Prueba de detección de hepatitis B en embarazadas JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
Prueba de detección de la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Pruebas de detección del cáncer de ovarios JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Pruebas de detección del cáncer de piel JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
¿Puede prevenirse con medicamentos la infección por VIH? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
¿Quiénes deben someterse a una prueba de detección de infección por VIH? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
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