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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)
Examen pélvico en mujeres no embarazadas JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
JAMA Patient Page: Pelvic Examinations in Nonpregnant Women JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
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
Asesoramiento sobre una vida saludable para prevenir la enfermedad cardiovascular en adultos sin factores de riesgo JAMA Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Known Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
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
Asesoramiento sobre dieta saludable y actividad física para prevenir enfermedades cardiovasculares JAMA Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling on Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease JAMA Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Counseling on Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease JAMA Tool Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Intervenciones conductuales para lograr un aumento de peso saludable durante el embarazo JAMA Guide Healthy Weight and Weight Gain In Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Interventions for Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Healthy Weight and Weight Gain In Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Behavioral Interventions for Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy JAMA Tool Healthy Weight and Weight Gain In Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Cribado de pérdida auditiva en adultos de edad avanzada JAMA Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Tool Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
Detección de hepatitis B en adultos y en adolescentes que no estén embarazadas JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis B in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis B in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults JAMA Tool Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis B in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
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