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October 17, 2022

Addressing Gaps in Research to Reduce Disparities and Advance Health Equity: The USPSTF Incorporation of the NASEM Taxonomy on Closing Evidence Gaps in Clinical Prevention

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2Chair, US Preventive Services Task Force
  • 3University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 4Vice chair, US Preventive Services Task Force
  • 5Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell Health, New York, New York
  • 6Immediate past chair, US Preventive Services Task Force
JAMA. 2022;328(18):1803-1804. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.19154

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) works to improve the health of people nationwide by making evidence-based recommendations for preventive services.1 To fulfill this mission, the USPSTF routinely highlights the most critical evidence gaps for creating actionable preventive services recommendations about screening, behavioral counseling, and preventive medications. These evidence gaps are presented in the section on “Research Needs and Gaps” after each recommendation statement, regardless of whether the recommendation receives a letter grade or has insufficient evidence and receives an “I” or “insufficient evidence” statement.

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