Project Summary & Topics

Our Evidence-based Practice Center is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to provide systematic evidence reviews on health care topics related to screening and prevention services. These reviews are used to inform the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists). Our EPC has provided USPSTF reports since 1997. Completed reports and USPSTF recommendations can be reviewed and downloaded on the USPSTF website: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. Related journal articles are also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), and Pediatrics.


Topics Under Development

Breast Cancer Genetic Screening (BRCA 1 & 2)
Child Abuse Prevention
Dental Caries in Preschool Children Screening
Diabetes Screening in Adults
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screening
Hepatitis B Screening in Adults
HIV Screening in Adolescents and Adults
HIV Screening in Pregnant Women
Hypertension Screening in Children and Adolescents
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Lung Cancer Screening
Medications to Reduce the Risk of Primary Breast Cancer in Women
Thyroid Screening
Vitamin D


Completed Topics (1997-present)

Bacterial Vaginosis Screening in Pregnancy
Bladder Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer Genetic Screening
Chlamydia Infection Screening
Coronary Heart Disease Screening
Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment, Nontraditional Risk Factors
Diabetes Screening
Domestic Violence Screening
Drug Misuse Screening
Elder Abuse Screening
Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding
Intimate Partner Violence Screening
Gonorrhea Screening
Hearing Impairment in Older Adults
Hearing Screening in Newborns
Hepatitis C Screening
Herpes Screening
Hip Dysplasia Screening
HIV Screening
Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions
Iron Deficiency Anemia Screening
Lead Screening in Childhood and Pregnancy
Lipid Disorders in Children Screening
Lipid Disorders in Adults Screening
Lung Cancer Screening
Medications to Reduce the Risk of Primary Breast Cancer
Osteoporosis Screening
Ovarian Cancer Screening
Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy
Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Screening
Prostate Cancer Screening and Counseling
Skin Cancer Screening
Speech and Language Delay Screening
Syphilis Screening
Thyroid Disease Screening
Vision Screening in Older Adults
Vision Screening in Preschoolers
Vitamin Supplementation