Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- I. Introduction
- II. Background
- III. Role of USPSTF in Clinical Prevention
- IV. Major Activities of the USPSTF in 2010–2011
- V. Current Evidence Gaps Deserving of Further Research
- VI. Next Steps for the USPSTF in 2012
- Appendix A. 2011 Members of the USPSTF
- Appendix B. USPSTF Partner Organizations
- Appendix C. Complete Listing of All USPSTF Specific Recommendations as of September 2011
The USPSTF's recommendations are considered the “gold standard” for clinical preventive services... We fully support the USPSTF as an independent body to apply rigor and objectivity to the analysis of clinical preventive care ... Our common goal is to improve the health of all Americans, and we believe the Task Force is the best way to ensure clinical preventive recommendations are guided by science.
Open letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM),
Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM),
North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD)
Since its inception over 25 years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force), an independent body of experts in preventive medicine and primary care, has worked to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications.
The mission of the USPSTF is to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services and health promotion.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Sec. 4003, Clinical and Community Preventive Services, describes the duties of the USPSTF, which include:
“(F) the submission of yearly reports to Congress and related agencies identifying gaps in research, such as preventive services that receive an insufficient evidence statement, and recommending priority areas that deserve further examination, including areas related to populations and age groups not adequately addressed by current recommendations.”
The USPSTF has prepared this report in response.
Current as of: December 2013
Internet Citation: First Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services - I. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. December 2011.