U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research 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." [http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstfix.htm Agency for Healthcare Research Quality] 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 have been described in detail. [cite web |url=http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstmeth.htm |title=U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Methods and Background |accessdate=2007-08-23 |format= |work=] In 2007, their methods were revised.cite journal |author=Guirguis-Blake J, Calonge N, Miller T, Siu A, Teutsch S, Whitlock E |title=Current processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: refining evidence-based recommendation development |journal=Ann. Intern. Med. |volume=147 |issue=2 |pages=117–22 |year=2007 |pmid=17576998 |doi=] cite journal |author=Barton MB, Miller T, Wolff T, "et al" |title=How to read the new recommendation statement: methods update from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force |journal=Ann. Intern. Med. |volume=147 |issue=2 |pages=123–7 |year=2007 |pmid=17576997 |doi=]


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." [http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/pubs/guidecps/uspstf.htm Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion]


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