Slide 19. USPSTF Evidence Review

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

USPSTF Evidence Review

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Each recommendation is based on a review of the evidence that includes:

  • Creation of an analytic framework and a set of key questions that determine the scope of the literature review.
  • Systematic review of the relevant literature to answer the key questions.
  • Quality ratings of bodies of research literature supporting each key question.
  • Estimation of benefits and harms.
  • Determination of the balance of benefits and harms of the preventive service.


The evidence is systematically reviewed to determine the appropriate recommendations and compare benefits and harms of providing a service or a screening test. The recommendation is then graded to provide guidance for the clinician. The electronic version of their recommendations is a quick and intuitive system to access their recommendations. The complete recommendations and background information is provided at the website:

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Internet Citation: Slide 19. USPSTF Evidence Review. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.