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. These reviews are published as U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on the Task Force Web site and in a peer-reviewed journal.
For its first 25 years, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force toiled in relative obscurity.
As new ways to identify and treat people who use opioids and other drugs emerge, an independent panel of experts is recommending that health care providers screen their adult patients for illicit drug use.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has determined, for the first time, that there is enough evidence to state with “moderate certainty” that screening adults for illicit substance use is overall beneficial.
Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday.
Bleeding risks for adults in their 60s and up who haven't had a heart attack or stroke outweigh any potential benefits from aspirin, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in its draft guidance.
Overall, their strict adherence to the best available medical evidence is admirable. This new version keeps the same functionality of the old app, but looks and works even better.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises lowering the age for screening by five years.
A new recommendation says yes. The evidence is more complicated.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which transformed the world in 2020, has been fundamentally a problem of prevention. From the first diagnoses of the virus in Wuhan, China, through massive lockdown and mitigation efforts all over the world, through global efforts to accelerate vaccine development, the pandemic has reminded us and elevated the visibility of the need for prevention.
Even before the Affordable Care Act reduced uninsured rates in our country, it required private insurers to cover essential preventive care at no cost to patients. But just as other pieces of the law require enforcement, so does this one.
Contrary to the headline implication, the task force did perform a careful evaluation of the evidence on osteoporosis screening in men and issued the following recommendation: The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for osteoporosis to prevent osteoporotic fractures in men. (I statement).
There's a cancer-related epidemic in the United States and it doesn't have to do with cell growth: doctors are unnecessarily screening the elderly for the disease.
The study also revealed that more research is needed to determine what serum levels are optimal when diagnosing a Vitamin D deficiency, and whether those levels vary by subgroups, such as race, ethnicity, or gender.
After a detailed review of available evidence, the task force says the balance of benefits vs harms in asymptomatic patients is unclear.
Using imaging to screen asymptomatic individuals can cause more potential harm than good, Task Force reiterates.
Based on the reviewed evidence, the Task Force stated with “moderate certainty” that there appears to be a moderate net benefit associated with annual lung cancer screening using LDCT in persons considered at high risk for lung cancer. High-risk features that can determine or identify these patients include advanced age, total cumulative exposure to tobacco smoke, and years since smoking cessation.
Like it or not, someone other than your doctor is in the business of recommending your medical treatments.
That job falls to a little-known group called the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It has been the subject of increasing controversy, not because it guides decisions, but because some of its recommendations have shifted from encouraging expensive and expansive screening to discouraging its overuse. As with many things in medicine, it’s much more popular to do stuff than to tell people “no.”
From its creation in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has been a significant influence in healthcare, helping to recommend and determine the most beneficial and effective clinical preventive services.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of people nationwide by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.