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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)
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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography JAMA Guide Atrial Fibrillation: Screening With Electrocardiography
Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide High Blood Pressure in Adults: Screening
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Obesity in Adults: Screening and Management
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease With the Ankle-Brachial Index JAMA Guide Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Screening and Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Depression JAMA Guide Depression in Adults: Screening
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Guide Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults
Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Lipid Disorders, Screening and Treatment JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements for Preventing Fractures JAMA Guide Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment JAMA Guide Child Maltreatment: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening and Counseling to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use JAMA Guide Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions
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
JAMA Patient Page: Medications to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk JAMA Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
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