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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 Syphilis JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Skin Cancer JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Scoliosis in Adolescents JAMA Guide Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Prostate Cancer JAMA Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Preeclampsia During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Preeclampsia: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease With the Ankle-Brachial Index JAMA Guide Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Screening and Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Pancreatic Cancer JAMA Guide Pancreatic Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Ovarian Cancer JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures JAMA Guide Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection JAMA Guide Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults JAMA Guide Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for High Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Guide Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis B in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Depression JAMA Guide Depression in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults JAMA Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cervical Cancer JAMA Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
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