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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: Can HIV Infection Be Prevented With Medication? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling on Healthy Living to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults Without Risk Factors JAMA Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Known Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Patient Page: Hormone Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women JAMA Guide Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women: Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment JAMA Guide Child Maltreatment: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults JAMA Guide Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Support Breastfeeding JAMA Guide Breastfeeding: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Lipid Disorders, Screening and Treatment JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Medications to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
JAMA Patient Page: Pelvic Examinations in Nonpregnant Women JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
JAMA Patient Page: Preventing Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Falls in Older Adults JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Gonococcal Eye Infection in Newborns JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease With Nontraditional Risk Factors JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Assessment With Nontraditional Risk Factors
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: Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm JAMA Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria JAMA Guide Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography JAMA Guide Atrial Fibrillation: Screening With Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder JAMA Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
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