U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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A part of the American Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Preventive Services Task Force is "an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services."[1] The task force, a panel of experts, is funded and appointed by the government of the United States.


The methods of evidence synthesis used by the Task Force in formulating their clinical practice guidelines have been described in detail.[2] In 2007, their methods were revised.[3][4]

Scale for rating strength of evidence


From 1984 to 1989, the task force's stated purpose was to "develop recommendations for primary care clinicians on the appropriate content of periodic health examinations."[5]


  1. http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstfix.htm Agency for Healthcare Research Quality
  2. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Methods and Background. Retrieved on 2007-08-23.
  3. Guirguis-Blake J, Calonge N, Miller T, Siu A, Teutsch S, Whitlock E (2007). "Current processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: refining evidence-based recommendation development". Ann. Intern. Med. 147 (2): 117-22. PMID 17576998[e]
  4. Barton MB, Miller T, Wolff T, et al (2007). "How to read the new recommendation statement: methods update from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force". Ann. Intern. Med. 147 (2): 123-7. PMID 17576997[e]
  5. http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/pubs/guidecps/uspstf.htm Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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