Final Recommendation Statement
August 15, 2006
Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has decided not to review the evidence and update its recommendations for this topic. The previous evidence review and recommendation may contain information that is outdated.
The USPSTF bases its recommendations on current evidence about preventive services. The USPSTF decides not to update some topics (or “inactivate” them) for a number of reasons. Topics may be inactivated because they are no longer relevant to clinical practice. This may be the result of changes in technology, a new understanding of the etiology or natural history of the disease, or the evolving natural history of the disease. Topics may also be inactivated because they involve services that cannot be implemented in a primary care setting or are not referable by a primary care clinician. In addition, topics that have a low public health burden or that otherwise fall outside the scope of the USPSTF may be inactivated.
The USPSTF encourages primary care clinicians to consult other sources for current evidence regarding this topic. If new evidence becomes available, the USPSTF may elect to update this topic.