Slide 11. Tertiary Prevention

Presentation describes the methods used by the US Preventive Services Task Force to develop recommendations.

Tertiary Prevention

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  • Care of an active disease that keeps a problem from getting worse.
  • Renal failure-slowing progression.
  • Mental health.
  • Cardiac/Stroke rehabilitation.


There has been debate over whether to consider tertiary prevention as being true prevention. Regardless of the debate, tertiary prevention is a type of care. The example of renal failure fits the model: If a person has disease that is causing renal failure, then delaying the renal failure for a number of years, is counted as prevention.

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Internet Citation: Slide 11. Tertiary Prevention. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.