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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)
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
JAMA Patient Page: Pelvic Examinations in Nonpregnant Women JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
Screening for Glaucoma: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Glaucoma: Screening
Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Screening
Screening for Gestational Diabetes: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Screening
Preventing Falls in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Falls Prevention in Older Adults: Counseling and Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Falls in Older Adults JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for High Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women: Screening
Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Drug Use, Illicit: Primary Care Interventions for Children and Adolescents
Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for Depression in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Depression in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Depression JAMA Guide Depression in Adults: Screening
Preventing Dental Caries in Children Ages 0 to 5 Years: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Age 5 Years: Screening
Screening for Coronary Heart Disease With Electrocardiography: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Coronary Heart Disease: Screening with Electrocardiography
Screening for Colorectal Cancer Draft Recommendation Statement: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults JAMA Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
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