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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 Hepatitis B Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Screening, 2014
Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication
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: Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults JAMA Guide Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Prostate Cancer JAMA Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Scoliosis in Adolescents JAMA Guide Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Vision Screening in Children JAMA Guide Vision in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Screening
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
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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy JAMA Guide Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria JAMA Guide Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults: Screening
Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Screening for HIV: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk With ECG JAMA Guide Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Screening With Electrocardiography
JAMA Patient Page: Counseling Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive 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
Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder JAMA Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Colorectal Cancer Draft Recommendation Statement: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
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