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U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force (USPSTF)

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) was convened by the Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications.

The latest recommendations are released incrementally as they become available in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Third Edition: Periodic Updates. These recommendations address new topics and update the 1996 recommendations from the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Second Edition.

Clinical Categories

  Clinical Categories
  arrowHeart and Vascular Diseases
  arrowInjury and Violence
  arrowInfectious Diseases
  arrowMental Health Conditions and Substance Abuse
  arrowMetabolic, Nutritional, and Endocrine Conditions
  arrowMusculoskeletal Disorders
  arrowObstetric and Gynecologic Conditions
  arrowPediatric Conditions
  arrowVision and Hearing Disorders


Bladder Cancer: Screening (2004)
Breast Cancer: Screening / Preventive Medication (2002)
Cervical Cancer: Screening (2003)
Colorectal Cancer: Screening (2002)
Gynecologic Cancers: Counseling (1996)
Lung Cancer: Screening (2004)
Oral Cancer: Screening (2004)
Ovarian Cancer: Screening (2004)
Pancreatic Cancer: Screening (2004)
Prostate Cancer: Screening (2002)
Skin Cancer: Screening (2001) / Counseling (2003)
Testicular Cancer: Screening (2004)
Thyroid Cancer: Screening (1996)
Tobacco Use: Counseling (2003)
Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and Coronary Heart
  Disease: Counseling (2003)

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Heart and Vascular Diseases

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening (1996)
Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events:
   Preventive Medication (2002)
Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening (1996)
Coronary Heart Disease: Screening (2004)
Hemoglobinopathies: Screening (1996)
Hypertension: Screening (2003)
Lipid Disorders: Screening (2001)
Peripheral Arterial Disease: Screening (1996)

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Infectious Diseases

Bacteriuria: Screening (2004)
Chlamydial Infection: Screening (2001)
Gonorrhea: Screening (1996)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Screening (2004)
Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Screening (2004)
Herpes Simplex, Genital : Screening (1996)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection:
   Screening / Counseling (1996)
Immunizations, Adult: Immunizations (1996)
Postexposure Prophylaxis for Selected Infectious Diseases:
   Preventive Medication (1996)
Rubella: Screening (1996)
Syphilis: Screening (2004)
Tuberculous Infection: Screening (1996)

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Injury and Violence

Family Violence: Screening (2004)
Household and Recreational Injuries: Counseling (1996)
Motor Vehicle Injuries: Counseling (1996)
Youth Violence: Counseling (1996)

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Mental Health Conditions and Substance Abuse

Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling (2004)
Dementia: Screening (2003)
Depression: Screening (2002)
Drug Abuse: Screening (1996)
Suicide Risk: Screening (2004)

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Metabolic, Nutritional, and Endocrine Conditions

Anemia, Iron Deficiency : Screening (1996)
Dental Caries in Preschool Children: Screening (2004)
Diabetes Mellitus: Screening (2003)
Diet: Counseling (2003)
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Preventive Medication (2002)
Obesity in Adults: Screening / Counseling (2003)
Physical Activity: Counseling (2002)
Thyroid Disease: Screening (2004)

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Musculoskeletal Disorders

Back Pain, Lower: Counseling (2004)
Osteoporosis: Screening (2002)

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Obstetric and Gynecologic Conditions

Aspirin Prophylaxis in Pregnancy: Preventive Medication (1996)
Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy: Screening (2001)
Breastfeeding: Counseling (2003)
Gestational Diabetes: Screening (2003)
Home Uterine Activity Monitoring: Screening (1996)
Neural Tube Defects: Screening (1996)
Preeclampsia: Screening (1996)
Rh Incompatibility: Screening (2004)
Rubella: Screening (1996)
Ultrasonography in Pregnancy: Screening (1996)
Unintended Pregnancy: Counseling (1996)

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Pediatric Conditions

Congenital Hypothyroidism: Screening(1996)
Immunizations, Childhood: Immunizations (1996)
Lead Levels in Childhood and Pregnancy: Screening (1996)
Phenylketonuria: Screening (1996)
Scoliosis, Adolescent Idiopathic: Screening (2004)

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Vision and Hearing Disorders

Glaucoma: Screening (1996)
Hearing Impairment: Screening (1996)
Newborn Hearing: Screening (2001)
Visual Impairment in Children Ages 0-5: Screening (2004)

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