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Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2012

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 is 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 2012 guide covers USPSTF recommendations from 2004 through March 2012, topics in development, background about the USPSTF, and additional resources. This edition features at-a-glance clinical summary tables for ease of use. Up-to-date recommendations are available through the A-Z Topic Index Exit Disclaimer on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Web Site.

Print Version: A free copy of the pocket guide (AHRQ Publication No. 12-05154) is available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, on a single copy basis.

Please note: Charges may apply for bulk copies and for delivery to addresses outside of the United States.

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. 12-05154
Current as of November 2012

Internet Citation:

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 12-05154, October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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