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Health Agencies Update
January 28, 2004

Partners in Prevention

JAMA. 2004;291(4):415. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.415-c

Decision making regarding preventive care should be shared between clinicians and their patients, according to a report by a working group of the US Preventive Services Task Force (Am J Prev Med. 2004;26:56-66).

Because preventive services are not one-size-fits-all, individuals need to weigh the potential benefits and harms of various interventions, such as the use of aspirin to prevent heart disease (weighed against the risk of stomach bleeding), or the reliability vs invasiveness and expense of various colorectal cancer screening methods.

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