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Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008

Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication topics and includes clinical considerations for each topic. This new pocket guide provides general practitioners, internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, nurses, and nurse practitioners with an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services.

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The U.S. 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. Sponsored since 1998 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Task Force is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care.

The pocket guide covers all USPSTF recommendations from 2001 through 2006. More recent recommendations are available through the A-Z Topic Index.

Recommendations are organized for quick reference and easy searching. One section matches recommended preventive services to patients—men, women, pregnant women, and children.

Print Copies: Single print copies of the pocket guide are available free from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at: 1-800-358-9295 or Ask for The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008 (AHRQ Publication No. 08-05122).

You may also order single copies online.

PDA Program: Another online option for accessing USPSTF recommendations is its PDA program, the Electronic Preventive Services Selector. The program lets users search USPSTF recommendations by age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors. The tool, updated as new recommendations are released, can be downloaded to a PDA or used on the Web. Go to

AHRQ Publication No. 08-05122
Current as of September 2008

Internet Citation:

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008. AHRQ Publication No. 08-05122, September 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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