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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 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
Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Detección de la prediabetes y la diabetes tipo 2 JAMA Guide Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes JAMA Guide Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes JAMA Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Detección de la preeclampsia durante el embarazo JAMA Guide Preeclampsia: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Preeclampsia During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Preeclampsia: 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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening and Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries in Young Children JAMA Guide Prevention of Dental Caries in Children Younger Than 5 Years: Screening and Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Screening and Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries in Children JAMA Tool Prevention of Dental Caries in Children Younger Than 5 Years: Screening and Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Can HIV Infection Be Prevented With Medication? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
¿Puede prevenirse con medicamentos la infección por VIH? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
Detección del glaucoma primario de ángulo abierto JAMA Guide Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma JAMA Guide Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults JAMA Tool Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: Screening
Detección del cáncer de próstata JAMA Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right for You? U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Prostate Cancer JAMA Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
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