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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: Interventions to Support Breastfeeding JAMA Guide Breastfeeding: Primary Care 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 Prevent Child Maltreatment JAMA Guide Child Maltreatment: Interventions
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: 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: Counseling Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Can HIV Infection Be Prevented With Medication? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Interventions for Weight Loss JAMA Guide Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections JAMA Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention JAMA Guide Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right for You? U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Get the Facts U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Counseling on Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: JAMA Patient Page JAMA Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Screening
Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions
Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Drug Use, Illicit: Primary Care Interventions for Children and Adolescents
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: Behavioral Counseling, 2012
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
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