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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) was convened by the Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications. This list includes all recommendations: active, inactive, and in progress.

To view a recommendation, use the alphabetic index that follows to select a topic beginning with:

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening (2005)
Additional Risk Factors for Intermediate CHD Risk (In Progress)
Alcohol Misuse (Drinking, Risky/Hazardous): Screening and Counseling (2004)
Alzheimer's Disease (Dementia): Screening (2003)
Anemia (Iron Deficiency Anemia): Screening (2006)
Aspirin/NSAIDs for Prevention of Colorectal Cancer Preventive Medication (2007)
Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events: Preventive Medication (2002)
Aspirin Prophylaxis in Pregnancy: Preventive Medication (1996)

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Back Pain, Low (Low Back Pain): Counseling (2004)
Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy: Screening (2008)
Bacteriuria: Screening (2008)
Bladder Cancer: Screening (2004)
Blood Pressure in Adults (Hypertension): Screening (2007)
Breast Cancer, BRCA Testing (Ovarian Cancer): Screening (2005)
Breast Cancer (Mammography): Screening (2002)
Breast Cancer Preventive Medication (2002)
Breastfeeding: Counseling (2008)—Updated

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Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening (2007)
Cervical Cancer (Pap Smear): Screening (2003)
Chlamydial Infection: Screening (2007)
Cholesterol Abnormalities in Adults (Dyslipidemia, Lipid Disorders): Screening (2008)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening (2008)
Colorectal Cancer: Screening (2008)
Coronary Heart Disease (Heart Disease): Screening (2004)

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Dementia (Alzheimer's Disease): Screening (2003)
Dental and Periodontal Disease: Counseling (Inactive)
Dental Caries in Preschool Children: Screening (2004)
Depression in Adults: Screening (2002); (Update in Progress)
Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2002) (Update in Progress)
Diabetes Mellitus: Screening (2008)
Diet (Nutrition): Counseling (2003)
Down Syndrome: Screening (1996)
Drinking, Risky/Hazardous (Alcohol Misuse): Screening and Counseling (2004)
Drug Abuse: Screening (2008)
Dyslipidemia in Adults (Cholesterol Abnormalities, Lipid Disorders): Screening (2008)

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Exercise (Physical Activity): Counseling (2002)


Family Violence: Screening (2004)
Folic Acid Supplementation: Preventive Medication (1996)

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Gestational Diabetes: Screening (2008)
Glaucoma: Screening (2005)
Gonorrhea: Screening (2005)
Gynecologic Cancers: Counseling (Inactive)

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Hearing Impairment, Older Adults: Screening (1996); (Update in Progress)
Hearing Loss, Newborn: Screening (2008)
Heart Disease (Coronary Heart Disease): Screening (2004)
Hemochromatosis: Screening (2006)
Hemoglobinopathies: Screening (2007)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Screening (2004)
Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Screening (2004)
Herpes Simplex, Genital: Screening (2005)
Hip, Developmental Dysplasia: Screening (2006)
Home Uterine Activity Monitoring: Screening (Inactive)
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Preventive Medication (2005)
Household and Recreational Injuries: Counseling (Inactive)
Hypertension in Adults (Blood Pressure): Screening (2007)
Hypothyroidism, Congenital: Screening (2008)

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Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents (Scoliosis): Screening (2004)
Illicit Drug Use: Screening (2008)
Immunizations, Adult
Immunizations, Child
Intrapartum Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Screening (Inactive)
Iron Deficiency Anemia (Anemia): Screening (2006)

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Lead Levels in Childhood and Pregnancy: Screening (2006)
Lipid Disorders in Adults (Cholesterol Abnormalities, Dyslipidemia): Screening (2008)
Lipid Disorders in Children Screening (2007)
Low Back Pain (Back Pain, Low): Counseling (2004)
Lung Cancer: Screening (2004)

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Mammography (Breast Cancer): Screening (2002)
Motor Vehicle Occupant Restraints: Counseling (2007)

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Neural Tube Defects: Screening (Inactive)
Nutrition (Diet): Counseling (2003)

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Obesity in Adults: Screening and Counseling (2003)
Oral Cancer: Screening (2004)
Osteoporosis: Screening (2002)
Overweight in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2005)
Ovarian Cancer: Screening (2004)
Ovarian Cancer, BRCA Testing (Breast Cancer): Screening (2005)

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Pancreatic Cancer: Screening (2004)
Pap Smear (Cervical Cancer): Screening (2003)
Peripheral Arterial Disease: Screening (2005)
Phenylketonuria: Screening (2008)
Physical Activity (Exercise): Counseling (2002)
Postexposure Prophylaxis for Selected Infectious Diseases: Preventive Medication (Inactive)
Preeclampsia: Screening (1996); (Update in Progress)
Prostate Cancer: Screening (2008)

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Rh Incompatibility: Screening (2004)
Rubella: Immunizations
Rubella: Screening (1996)

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Scoliosis (Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents): Screening (2004)
Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening (2005) / Counseling (2008)—Updated
Sickle Cell Disease: Screening (2007)
Skin Cancer: Screening (2001); (Update in Progress)
Skin Cancer: Counseling (2003)
Smoking (Tobacco Use): Counseling (2003)
Speech and Language Delay: Screening (2006)
Substance Abuse (Drug Abuse): Screening (2008)
Suicide Risk: Screening (2004)
Syphilis: Screening (2004)

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Testicular Cancer: Screening (2004)
Thyroid Cancer: Screening (1996); (Update in Progress)
Thyroid Disease: Screening (2004)
Tobacco Use (Smoking): Counseling (2003)
Tuberculous Infection: Screening (1996)

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Ultrasonography in Pregnancy: Screening (Inactive)


Visual Impairment in Older Adults: Screening (1996); (Update in Progress)
Visual Impairment in Children Ages 0-5: Screening (2004)
Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and Coronary Heart Disease: Counseling (2003)

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Youth Violence: Counseling (Inactive)

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Inactive Topics

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has decided not to review the evidence and update its recommendations for inactive topics. The previous evidence review and recommendation may contain information that is outdated.

At least every 5 years, the USPSTF decides to either update a previous recommendation for a topic (preventive service) or inactivate the topic. The USPSTF decides not to update some topics (or "inactivate" them) for a number of reasons.

Topics may be inactivated because they are no longer relevant to clinical practice. This may be the result of changes in technology, a new understanding of the etiology or natural history of the disease, or the evolving natural history of the disease. Topics also may be inactivated because they involve services that cannot be implemented in a primary care setting or are not referable by a primary care clinician. In addition, topics that have a low public health burden or that otherwise fall outside the scope of the USPSTF may be inactivated.

The USPSTF encourages primary care clinicians to consult other sources for current evidence regarding inactive topics. If new evidence becomes available, the USPSTF may elect to update an inactive topic.

Internet Citation:

Topic Index: A-Z. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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