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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)
Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening
SmokeFreeWomen CDC Resource List Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Promote Tobacco Cessation JAMA Guide Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons
Tips From Former Smokers CDC Resource List Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons
Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults JAMA Guide Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Primary Care-Based Interventions
Screening for Hypertension in Adults: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hypertension in Adults: Screening
Screening for HIV: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Who Should Be Screened for HIV Infection? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Hormone Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women JAMA Guide Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women: Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide High Blood Pressure in Adults: Screening
Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis C: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Guide Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
Screening for Hepatitis B Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Screening, 2014
Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
Behavioral Counseling Interventions for Healthy Weight and Weight Gain in Pregnancy: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthy Weight and Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling on Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease JAMA Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: Behavioral Counseling, 2012
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
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