The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2014 includes both new and updated recommendations released from 2004-2014 in a brief, easily usable format meant for use at the point of patient care. The most up-to-date version of the recommendations, as well as the complete USPSTF recommendation statements, along with their supporting scientific evidence are available here. Recommendations for preventive care have evolved over time as it has become widely recognized that some “preventive” services were not actually beneficial. Individual health care providers, professional organizations, integrated health systems, insurers (both private and public), as well as groups crafting health quality measures and national health objectives, have recognized the need to carefully balance potential benefits and harms using the highest quality of evidence, and have adopted the recommendations of the Task Force. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is mandated by Congress to conduct rigorous reviews of scientific evidence to create evidence-based recommendations for preventive services that may be provided in the primary care setting. Since its inception, the USPSTF has made and maintained recommendations on dozens of clinical preventive services that are intended to prevent or reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases, and other conditions and events that impact the health of children, adolescents, adults, and pregnant women. 


  • Foreward
  • Preface
  • Preventive Services Recommended by the USPSTF
  • Clinical Summaries of Recommendations for Adults 
  • Clinical Summaries of Recommendations for Children and Adolescents
  • Immunizations
  • Topics in Progress
  • Appendixes and Index

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