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November 17, 2015

Evidence-Based Clinical Prevention in the Era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The Role of the US Preventive Services Task Force

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Washington
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2021-2022. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13154

For more than 3 decades, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has made recommendations regarding clinical preventive services for asymptomatic adults and children in primary care, based on a rigorous analysis of the best available evidence. Members of the task force are experts selected from fields involved in preventive services for a broad range of health conditions encountered in primary care. A broader array of experts including disease specialists provided detailed peer reviews of task force evidence summaries and draft recommendations. The USPSTF has an interest in improving the health of the public and helping ensure access to preventive care.