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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 Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults JAMA Tool Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Skin Cancer JAMA Tool Skin Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use in Adults and Adolescents JAMA Tool Unhealthy Drug Use: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes Infection JAMA Guide Genital Herpes Infection: Serologic Screening
JAMA Podcast: Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
JAMA Podcast: Syphilis Screening in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults JAMA Tool Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation to Prevent CVD and Cancer JAMA Guide Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Preventive Medication
Medicamentos para reducir el riesgo del cancer de mama JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent CVD in Adults Without Risk Factors JAMA Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Prevencion de caidas en adultos mayores JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
Prevencion de la infeccion ocular gonococica en recien nacidos JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
Prevencion del consumo de tabaco en ni?os y adolescentes JAMA Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
Prueba de deteccion de cancer de cuello uterino JAMA Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
Prueba de deteccion de escoliosis en adolescentes JAMA Guide Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening
Prueba de deteccion de hepatitis B en embarazadas JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
Prueba de deteccion de la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva cronica JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Pruebas de deteccion del cancer de ovarios JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Pruebas de deteccion del cancer de piel JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
?Puede prevenirse con medicamentos la infeccion por VIH? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
?Quienes deben someterse a una prueba de deteccion de infeccion por VIH? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
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