US Preventive Services Task Force

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has funded Evidence-based Practice Centers since 1997 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). Completed reports, topics under development, and current 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.