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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)
Detectar el deterioro de la agudeza visual en adultos mayores JAMA Guide Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening
Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Estatinas para la prevención de la enfermedad cardiovascular JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Evaluación de riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular con factores de riesgo no tradicionales JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Assessment With Nontraditional Risk Factors
Examen de detección de depresión y riesgo de suicidio en niños y adolescentes JAMA Guide Depression and Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Examen de detección de fibrilación auricular JAMA Guide Atrial Fibrillation: Screening
Examen de detección e intervenciones para prevenir la caries dental en niños pequeños JAMA Guide Prevention of Dental Caries in Children Younger Than 5 Years: Screening and Interventions
Examen pélvico en mujeres no embarazadas JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Article Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: Screening
"How to Quit Smoking" Patient Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
Intervenciones conductuales para la pérdida de peso JAMA Guide Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions
Intervenciones conductuales para lograr un aumento de peso saludable durante el embarazo JAMA Guide Healthy Weight and Weight Gain In Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Intervenciones para apoyar la lactancia materna JAMA Guide Breastfeeding: Primary Care Interventions
Intervenciones para prevenir el consumo de drogas ilegales en niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes JAMA Guide Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
Intervenciones para prevenir el maltrato infantil JAMA Guide Child Maltreatment: Interventions
Intervenciones para promover el abandono del tabaco JAMA Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Interventions for High Body Mass Index in Children and Adolescents (Patient Summary): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide High Body Mass Index in Children and Adolescents: Interventions
Interventions to Prevent Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults (Patient Summary): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right for You? U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
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