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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)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Tips From Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
Autism Spectrum Disorder (MedlinePlus) National Library of Medicine Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
"How to Quit" Patient Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
SmokeFreeWomen CDC Resource List Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Tips From Former Smokers CDC Resource List Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Gonococcal Eye Infection in Newborns JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Guide Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm JAMA Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling on Healthy Living to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults Without Risk Factors JAMA Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Known Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
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 Carotid Artery Stenosis JAMA Guide Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Preeclampsia During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Preeclampsia: Screening
Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care
Screening for Glaucoma: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Glaucoma: Screening
Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Who Should Be Screened for HIV Infection? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening
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