How to read the new recommendation statement: methods update from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Ann Intern Med. 2007 Jul 17;147(2):123-7. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-2-200707170-00171. Epub 2007 Jun 18.


Since 2001, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has worked to refine its methods of evidence review and assessment and to create more usable documents in response to clinicians' needs. These changes have resulted in a revised grading system, as well as a new format and new language for the recommendation statement. This paper focuses on the changes to and the new look of the USPSTF recommendation statement. The new recommendation statement comprises 9 sections. Important changes include standardization of the format of the summary statement to specify what service is being recommended in what population; standardization of the headings in the rationale section; a change in the wording of the grade C recommendation and the I statement; and a new section, called "Other Considerations," in which salient issues related to cost-effectiveness, mandates, and other implementation issues are described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees / organization & administration*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Information Dissemination
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Preventive Health Services / methods
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • United States