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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: Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults JAMA Guide Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Should I Be Tested for BRCA Mutations? JAMA Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
JAMA Patient Page: Vision Screening in Children JAMA Guide Vision in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Screening
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
JAMA Patient Page: Who Should Be Screened for HIV Infection? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections JAMA Tool Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Podcast: Behavioral Interventions for Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy JAMA Tool Healthy Weight and Weight Gain In Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Counseling on Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease JAMA Tool Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults JAMA Tool Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Interventions to Promote Tobacco Cessation JAMA Tool Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Preventing Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents JAMA Tool Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Tool Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis JAMA Tool Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Cognitive Impairment JAMA Tool Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Tool Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Gestational Diabetes JAMA Guide Gestational Diabetes: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Tool Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis B in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults JAMA Tool Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Tool Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Tool High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
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