Janelle Guirguis-Blake, MD; Ned Calonge, MD, MPH; Therese Miller, DrPH; Albert Siu, MD, MSPH; Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH; Evelyn Whitlock, MD, MPH; for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: Employment: S. Teutsch (Merck & Co. Inc.); Stock ownership or options (other than mutual funds): S. Teutsch (Merck & Co. Inc.).
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Guirguis-Blake: Department of Family Medicine, Tacoma Family Medicine Residency Program, University of Washington, 521 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 95405.
Dr. Calonge: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246.
Dr. Miller: Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850.
Dr. Siu: Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1070, Annenberg Building, Room 10-20, New York, NY 10029.
Dr. Teutsch: Merck & Company, Inc., 770 Sumneytown Pike, WP39-130, West Point, PA 19437-0004.
Dr. Whitlock: Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, 3800 North Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97227.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel that has provided the gold standard for evidence-based guidelines in prevention for the past 2 decades, continuously refines its methodology. To keep up with the evolving field of evidence- based medicine and to update recommendations in a timely, efficient, and transparent manner, the USPSTF has developed new methods for evidence reviews and recommendation development. This article summarizes the most recent changes in the recommendation development process, including how the USPSTF solicits and prioritizes topics for review, updates evidence reviews and recommendations, and communicates with its audience.
Table 1. Procedures for Developing a Recommendation Statement*
Table 2. Aims and Processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to Ensure Integrity*
Table 3. Types of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reviews*
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Guirguis-Blake J, Calonge N, Miller T, Siu A, Teutsch S, Whitlock E, et al. Current Processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Refining Evidence-Based Recommendation Development. Ann Intern Med. ;147:117–122. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-2-200707170-00170
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(2):117-122.
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