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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 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chronic Kidney Disease: Screening
Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment JAMA Guide Child Maltreatment: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cervical Cancer JAMA Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
Screening for Cervical Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Celiac Disease JAMA Guide Celiac Disease: Screening
Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease With Nontraditional Risk Factors JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease: Risk Assessment With Nontraditional Risk Factors
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk With ECG JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Screening With Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Support Breastfeeding JAMA Guide Breastfeeding: Primary Care Interventions
Get the Facts U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Background Information U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
News Bulletin U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Medications to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
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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