Slide 6. Why Prevention?

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

Why Prevention?

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  • In prevention the goal is to preserve and promote health and well being.
  • Prevention in public health moves interventions from the individual level to a population level.
  • Effective prevention leads to a healthier community
    • Why Now?
      • Federal support exists for prevention.


The goal of prevention is wellness for both individuals and a population. Public health is directed toward a population and providing information and interventions, to include screening for disease, to improve the health of the community or population as a whole. Specific recent federal legislation that will assist clinicians in providing prevention to individuals will be discussed later in this presentation.

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Internet Citation: Slide 6. Why Prevention?. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.