Current processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: refining evidence-based recommendation development

Ann Intern Med. 2007 Jul 17;147(2):117-22. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-2-200707170-00170. Epub 2007 Jun 18.


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.

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