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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)
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis JAMA Tool Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea JAMA Tool Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease JAMA Tool Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Cognitive Impairment JAMA Tool Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Tool Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults JAMA Guide Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Gestational Diabetes JAMA Guide Gestational Diabetes: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Tool Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis B in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults JAMA Tool Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Tool Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Tool High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hypertension in Adults JAMA Tool Hypertension in Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Lung Cancer JAMA Tool Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes JAMA Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use in Adults and Adolescents JAMA Tool Unhealthy Drug Use: Screening
Learn More Breathe Better: COPD (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication
Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Measure Your Blood Pressure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC Article Hypertension in Adults: Screening
Medications to Reduce Risk for Primary Breast Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
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