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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)
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Interventions for Weight Loss JAMA Guide Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions
Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and CVD: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements for Preventing Fractures JAMA Guide Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults: Preventive Medication
Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures: Preventive Medication
Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening
Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Vision Screening in Children JAMA Guide Vision in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use in Adults and Adolescents JAMA Guide Unhealthy Drug Use: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening and Counseling to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use JAMA Guide Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults: Screening and Behavioral Counseling 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
Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions
Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Thyroid Dysfunction: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Lipid Disorders, Screening and Treatment JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Skin Cancer JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
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