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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)
Detección de problemas de la visión en los niños JAMA Guide Vision in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Vision Screening in Children JAMA Guide Vision in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Screening
Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures: Preventive Medication
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
Suplementos de vitamina D y calcio para prevenir fracturas JAMA Guide Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults: Preventive Medication
Detección de la deficiencia de vitamina D en adultos JAMA Guide Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults JAMA Guide Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Screening
Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Vitamins and Minerals to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer JAMA Guide Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Preventive Medication
JAMA Podcast: Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation to Prevent CVD and Cancer JAMA Guide Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Preventive Medication
Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and CVD: Preventive Medication
Intervenciones conductuales para la pérdida de peso JAMA Guide Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Interventions for Weight Loss JAMA Guide Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions
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