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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 Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (Hypertension): Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Should I Be Tested for BRCA Mutations? JAMA Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Autism Spectrum Disorder (MedlinePlus) National Library of Medicine Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
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
Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder JAMA Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography JAMA Guide Atrial Fibrillation: Screening With Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria JAMA Guide Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults: Screening
Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Aspirin Use to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication
Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Preventive Medication
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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Scoliosis in Adolescents JAMA Guide Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening
Screening for Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Screening
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm JAMA Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
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