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What is the CPSTF?

What is the Community Preventive Services Task Force's purpose?

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) was established in 1996 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify population health interventions that are scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans, and improve quality of life. The CPSTF produces recommendations (and identifies evidence gaps) to help inform the decision making of federal, state, and local health departments, other government agencies, communities, healthcare providers, employers, schools and research organizations.

Where can I find CPSTF recommendations?

The collection of all CPSTF reviews, recommendations and other findings can be found on this website. The publications page includes peer-reviewed articles of CPSTF recommendations and the systematic reviews on which they are based. This website also includes information such as stories of how CPSTF recommendations have been used to promote community health, and slides for telling others about CPSTF recommendations.

How does the CPSTF arrive at its recommendations?

The CPSTF bases its recommendations on rigorous, replicable systematic reviews of the scientific literature, which do all of the following:

  • Evaluate the strength and limitations of published scientific studies about community-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, services, and other intervention approaches
  • Assess whether the intervention approaches are effective in promoting health and preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Examine the applicability of these intervention approaches to varied populations and settings
  • Conduct economic analyses of recommended intervention approaches

These systematic reviews are conducted, with CPSTF oversight, by scientists and subject matter experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with a wide range of government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners.

How does the CPSTF decide what to review?

The CPSTF conducts a careful prioritization process every three years that includes input from a broad scope of partners, including its official Liaison organizations and agencies.