Slide 14. The Role of Evidence Based Medicine

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

The Role of Evidence Based Medicine

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  • The USPSTF reviews the scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness, risks, and benefits of specific health care services.
  • A conclusion that there is no evidence of the effectiveness of a service is different from a conclusion that the service is ineffective.


The USPSTF guidelines are evidence based guidelines put into practice. Experts are brought together by AHRQ to review the literature and come up with determinations for practice that are evidence based.

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