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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

These are summaries of guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule is a practice tool that provides easy access to recommendations from the USPSTF in a simple, concise format. This clinical aid is routinely updated to make it as current a resource as possible. We hope this helps physicians bridge some of the knowledge gaps of USPSTF recommendations and apply them to their practice.

See also the collection of selected editorial content related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.

Jun 15, 2021 Issue
Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved pharmacotherapy for cessation to nonpregnant adults who use tobacco.


May 15, 2021 Issue
Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population.


Apr 15, 2021 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis B virus infection in adolescents and adults at increased risk for infection.


Mar 15, 2021 Issue
Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for CVD Prevention in Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity.


Feb 15, 2021 Issue
Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.


Jan 15, 2021 Issue
Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends screening by asking questions about unhealthy drug use in adults age 18 years or older. Screening should be implemented when services for accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate care can be offered or referred.


Nov 15, 2020 Issue
Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends behavioral counseling for all sexually active adolescents and for adults who are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections.


Oct 15, 2020 Issue
Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care–based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, in children, adolescents, and young adults


Sep 15, 2020 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults aged 18 to 79 years.


Aug 15, 2020 Issue
Primary Care Interventions for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends that primary care clinicians provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent initiation of tobacco use among school-aged children and adolescents.


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