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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 Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography JAMA Guide Atrial Fibrillation: Screening With Electrocardiography
Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Autism Spectrum Disorder (MedlinePlus) National Library of Medicine Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Detección del trastorno del espectro autista JAMA Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder JAMA Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Detección de la vaginosis bacteriana durante el embarazo JAMA Guide Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Tool Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
Active People, Healthy Nation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guide Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture Guide Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
JAMA Podcast: Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote Healthy Behaviors for CVD Prevention JAMA Tool Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent CVD in Adults Without Risk Factors JAMA Guide Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guide Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (Hypertension): Screening
¿Debo hacerme pruebas para mutaciones de los genes BRCA ? JAMA Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
JAMA Patient Page: Should I Be Tested for BRCA Mutations? JAMA Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
JAMA Patient Page: Medications to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
Medicamentos para reducir el riesgo del cáncer de mama JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
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