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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 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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Celiac Disease JAMA Guide Celiac Disease: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk With ECG JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Screening With Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder JAMA Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography JAMA Guide Atrial Fibrillation: Screening With Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria JAMA Guide Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm JAMA Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
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: Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease With Nontraditional Risk Factors JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Assessment With Nontraditional Risk Factors
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Gonococcal Eye Infection in Newborns JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Falls in Older Adults JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
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: Pelvic Examinations in Nonpregnant Women JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
JAMA Patient Page: Medications to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
JAMA Patient Page: Lipid Disorders, Screening and Treatment JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
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