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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 Patient Page: Screening for Cervical Cancer JAMA Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Preventing Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Promote Tobacco Cessation JAMA Guide Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Interventions for Weight Loss JAMA Guide Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer Prevention JAMA Guide Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Iron Supplementation in Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnant Women: Screening and Supplementation
Screening for Prostate Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Pancreatic Cancer JAMA Guide Pancreatic Cancer: Screening
Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chronic Kidney Disease: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Colorectal Cancer JAMA Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Screening for Depression in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Depression in Adults: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Pelvic Examinations in Nonpregnant Women JAMA Guide Gynecological Conditions: Periodic Screening With the Pelvic Examination
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: Behavioral Counseling, 2012
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures JAMA Guide Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: Screening
Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Screening
Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Atrial Fibrillation
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Behavioral Counseling Interventions for Healthy Weight and Weight Gain in Pregnancy: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthy Weight and Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and CVD in Adults: Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index
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