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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)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Autism Spectrum Disorder (MedlinePlus) National Library of Medicine Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Autism (healthfinder.gov) Healthfinder.gov Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Celiac Disease JAMA Guide Celiac Disease: Screening
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Screening for Coronary Heart Disease With Electrocardiography: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Coronary Heart Disease: Screening with Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Medications to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
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
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment JAMA Guide Child Maltreatment: Interventions
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
Screening for HIV: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: 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 Lung Cancer (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis B in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: 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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis JAMA 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: Screening for Depression JAMA Guide Depression in Adults: Screening
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