The Task Force is committed to using a clear, consistent, and transparent recommendation development process so that health care professionals, partners, and the American public can understand and trust its work. The Task Force documents its methods in a procedure manual and other resources to ensure that the recommendations and evidence reviews are consistently of high quality, methodologically sound, scientifically defensible, reproducible, and unbiased. This page includes links to resources and published articles about Task Force methods.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual
Learn about the methods used by the Task Force to ensure that the recommendations and evidence reviews are scientifically sound, reproducible, and well documented.
Standards for Guideline Development
Learn how the Task Force’s processes align with the National Academy of Medicine's recommendations for trustworthy, evidence-based guideline development.
Key Methods and Processes Information
- Grade Definitions
What the grades mean and suggestions for practice.
- Identifying Evidence Gaps
How the Task Force identifies and reports on evidence gaps.
- Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Learn about our policy and read members’ current disclosures.
- Recommendation Process Graphic
View a graphic about our process for developing recommendations.
- Making a Task Force Recommendation
Overview of the methods and processes used by the Task Force.
General Methods Articles | Health Equity and Specific Populations Articles | Technical Briefs and Other Evidence Reports
General Methods Articles
Read articles that provide further details on the Task Force’s methodology.
Health Equity and Specific Populations Articles
Read articles related to the Task Force’s focus on addressing health equity and systemic racism and articles relevant to the development of recommendations for specific populations based on sex, age, race and ethnicity, and other factors. A summary of the Task Force's approach to specific populations is available on the Specific Populations page.
Technical Briefs and Other Evidence Reports
Read evidence reports that are not associated with USPSTF recommendations.
Note: All publications are reflections of the Task Force’s methods at the time of publication. For current Task Force methods, please refer to the Task Force’s Procedure Manual.
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Current as of: March 2023
Internet Citation: Methods and Processes. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2019.