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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)
Intervenciones para prevenir el consumo de drogas ilegales en niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes JAMA Guide Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults JAMA Guide Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
JAMA Podcast: Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults JAMA Tool Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults JAMA Guide Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening
Detección de la violencia en la pareja, el abuso de ancianos y el abuso de adultos vulnerables JAMA Guide Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults JAMA Guide Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Iron Supplementation in Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnant Women: Screening and Supplementation
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection JAMA Guide Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Screening
Detección para trastornos lipídicos en niños y adolescentes JAMA Guide Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication
"How to Quit Smoking" Patient Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lung Cancer JAMA Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Lung Cancer JAMA Tool Lung Cancer: Screening
Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
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