Project Summary & Topics

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funds Evidence-based Practice Centers to provide systematic evidence reviews on health care topics related to screening and prevention services, and 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: 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

BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing (Update)
Hepatitis C Screening (Update)
HIV Infection - Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
HIV Infection Screening (Update)
Medications for Risk Reduction of Breast Cancer (Update)
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents (Update)
Screening for Elevated Lead Levels in Children and Pregnancy (Update)

 Completed Topics (1997-present)

Abnormal Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults: Screening
Bacterial Vaginosis Screening in Pregnancy
Bladder Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer Genetic Screening (BRCA 1 & 2)
Celiac Disease Screening
Child Abuse Prevention
Coronary Heart Disease Screening
Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment, Nontraditional Risk Factors
Dental Caries Screening in Preschool Children
Diabetes Screening
Domestic Violence Screening
Drug Misuse Screening
Elder Abuse Screening
Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding
Intimate Partner Violence Screening
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screening
Hearing Impairment in Older Adults
Hearing Screening in Newborns
Hepatitis B Screening in Adults
Hepatitis C Screening
Herpes Screening
Hip Dysplasia Screening
HIV Screening in Adolescents and Adults
HIV Screening in Pregnant Women
Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions
Hypertension Screening in Children and Adolescents
Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults
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 Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Screening
Thyroid Disease Screening
Vision Screening in Older Adults
Vision Screening in Preschoolers
Vitamin Supplementation