Mobile Apps Reviews

App Review: AHRQ ePSS U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) App by HHS for iPhone and iPad

By Ravish Amin

The AHRQ ePSS U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) App by HHS for iPhone and iPad is a great way to review the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on health care quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety.

This app lets you search and browse the USPSTF recommendations. Each recommendation is based on the quality of evidence and magnitude of net benefit so that a preventive service is incorporated routinely into primary care practice.

Some helpful tools include the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool from NCI, Fracture Risk Assessment Tool, Framingham CHD Risk Calculator (HTM), High Blood Pressure, Childhood Vision Screening, Healthy Eating, Osteoporosis etc.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) website lists the definitions of the grades it assigns to recommendations as follows:

• A Strongly Recommended – The USPSTF found good evidence that [the service] improves important health outcomes and concludes that benefits substantially outweigh harms.

• B Recommended -The USPSTF found at least fair evidence that [the service] improves important health outcomes and concludes that benefits outweigh harms.

• C No Recommendation – The USPSTF found at least fair evidence that [the service] can improve health outcomes but concludes that the balance of benefits and harms is too close to justify a general recommendation.

• D Not Recommended – The USPSTF found at least fair evidence that [the service] is ineffective or that harms outweigh benefits.

• I Insufficient Evidence to Make a Recommendation Evidence that the [service] is effective is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.

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