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Familiarity With and Use of Insufficient Evidence Findings From the Community Preventive Services Task Force

Published:December 10, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.08.005
      The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) is an independent, nonfederal panel of experts that uses systematic reviews to develop recommendations about community preventive services and programs to improve population health. The CPSTF issues an insufficient evidence (IE) finding when the evidence is lacking, inconsistent, or has significant methodologic limitations. An IE finding indicates a need for more research.

      Our methodology. The Community Guide.https://www.thecommunityguide.org/about/our-methodology. Updated August 28, 2019. Accessed September 13, 2019.

      The NIH partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Guide Office to support the CPSTF in making evidence-based recommendations and identifying research gaps.
      • Murray DM
      • Peterman Cross W
      • Simons-Morton D
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      Enhancing the quality of prevention research supported by the National Institutes of Health.
      NIH also collaborates to communicate IE findings and engage researchers and research funders in addressing the evidence gaps. An evaluation was conducted to learn more about the researchers’ and research funders’ familiarity with and use of IE findings, with the aim of improving the way they are communicated.
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