U.S. Preventative Services Task Force
This independent panel of primary-care care and preventative care experts produces annual reports for Congress on things we probably should and shouldn’t be doing in the name of health care.
How to Navigate:
- On the upper left-hand side of the home page, click on “Recommendations.” On that page, you can type in a health problem in the search box, or to the left of the box, click on “Browse All Published Recommendations,” which allows you to surf, to date, 95 USPSTF reports on everything from aspirin for heart disease prevention to taking vitamins to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
- You can narrow your search, for instance, by clicking on “Adult” and “Male” in the “Filter” column on the right hand side of the page.
- The list is a giant report card with each health intervention graded out from A (“Strongly Recommended”) to D (“Not Recommended”) to I (“Insufficient Evidence”), with links to the supporting research. (Taking aspirin for heart health rates an “A” although the report is currently being updated; vitamins for heart and cancer prevention rates an “I.”)