U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): An Introduction
When Congress authorized the USPSTF, it required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the Task Force's work. The 1998 Public Health Service Act and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act instruct AHRQ to provide administrative, research, technical, and communication support to the Task Force. As part of this support, AHRQ
- helps with day-to-day operations,
- coordinates the production of evidence reports
- ensures consistent use of Task Force methods, and
- helps disseminate Task Force materials and recommendations.
The Director of AHRQ also appoints new USPSTF members, with guidance from the Chair of the Task Force. While AHRQ staff supports the Task Force, it is important to note that the Task Force is an independent body, and its work does not require AHRQ or HHS approval.
For more information about the USPSTF and its recommendations, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/.
To nominate a new member of the USPSTF, go to www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/nominate.html.
The following resources related to the USPSTF's recommendations are also available:
The following AHRQ Annual Conference presentations related to the USPSTF and USPSTF recommendations are available:
America's “Growth Spurt”: Screening and Treatment of Overweight Children and Adolescents in Primary Care – 2010
- Screening for Obesity in Pediatric Primary Care: Recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (PowerPoint® File, 1 MB)
David Grossman, Group Health Research Institute
- Intervention in Primary Care for Obese Children ( Microsoft PowerPoint version - 834.5 KB)
Ellen Wald, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Improving Preventive Health Care for Older Americans – 2010
- Improving Preventive Care for Older Americans: Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center/Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (PowerPoint® File, 1 MB)
Elizabeth Eckstrom, Oregon Health & Science University
- Preventive Health Care for Older Adults: Framing the Issue (PowerPoint® File, 150 KB)
Roseanne Leipzig, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Improving Preventive Health Care for Older Americans (PowerPoint® File, 510 KB)
Marcel Salive, National Institute on Aging
What Not to Do in Primary Care: Overuse of Preventive Services – 2009
- Too Much Prevention: What Not to Do in the Primary Care Setting (PowerPoint® File, 1.7 MB)
Shannon Brownlee, New America Foundation
- What Not to Do in Primary Care: Overuse of Preventive Services (PowerPoint® File, 1.1 MB)
Michael LeFevre, University of Missouri-Columbia
Improving Preventive Health Care: Success Stories – 2009
- Improving Preventive Health Care Success Stories: USPSTF and ePSS at San Francisco General Hospital (PowerPoint® File, 6.9 MB)
Alice Chen, University of California, San Francisco
- myhealthfinder: Making USPSTF Recommendations Accessible to the Public (PowerPoint® File, 6.4 MB)
Sandra Williams Hilfiker, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- GE's Healthy Worksite Initiative and NBGH Purchaser's Guide Employer Toolkit (PowerPoint® File, 7.4 MB)
Adam Malinoski, General Electric Company
Mark Russo, General Electric Company
Note: Slide presentations can be accessed using a Free PowerPoint® Viewer.
Page originally created September 2012