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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)
Tips From Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
Menopausal Hormone Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Preventive Medication
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Obesity in Adults: Screening and Management
Detección de la obesidad en niños y adolescentes JAMA Guide Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Understanding Task Force Draft Recommendations Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Understanding Task Force Draft Recommendations Guide Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Gonococcal Eye Infection in Newborns JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
Prevención de la infección ocular gonocócica en recién nacidos JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: Screening
Detección de osteoporosis para prevenir fracturas JAMA Guide Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures JAMA Guide Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Ovarian Cancer JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Pruebas de detección del cáncer de ovarios JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Detección del cáncer pancreático JAMA Guide Pancreatic Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Pancreatic Cancer JAMA Guide Pancreatic Cancer: Screening
Asesoramiento psicológico para prevenir la depresión perinatal JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions
Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and CVD in Adults: Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index
Detección de enfermedad arterial periférica con índice de tobillo-brazo JAMA Guide Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Screening and Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index
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