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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)
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions
Detección de clamidia y gonorrea JAMA Guide Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea JAMA Guide Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea JAMA Tool Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease JAMA Tool Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Learn More Breathe Better: COPD (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Prueba de detección de la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Detección de deterioro cognitivo en adultos mayores JAMA Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults JAMA Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Cognitive Impairment JAMA Tool Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Detección del cáncer colorrectal JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Tool Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
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