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Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)

AHRQ's Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is a quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians and health care teams identify, prioritize, and offer the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors. When using this tool please read the specific recommendation to determine if the preventive service is appropriate for your patient. This tool is not meant to replace clinical judgment and individualized patient care. Available both as a Web-based selector and as a downloadable PDA application, the ePSS brings information on clinical preventive services that clinicians need - recommendations, clinical considerations, and selected practice tools - to the point of care.

Some of the tools in the ePSS include a BMI calculator, a scoring system for osteoporosis, and topic specific information for patients from www.healthfinder.gov.

Some of the ways the ePSS is being used include:

  • By primary care physicians and nurse practitioners at San Francisco General Hospital to provide evidence-based support to primary care providers on recommended preventive health services. More Info
  • By students at Wichita State University as a way to introduce and emphasize the importance of preventive and evidence-based medicine in the practice of medicine. More Info
  • By EHR vendors to improve its care processes by integrating the USPSTF recommendations into its patient workflow. More Info
  • By the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in their myhealthfinder tool. Myhealthfinder is an easy to use tool that patients and consumers can use to search for information about preventive services. It provides searchable, easy-to-understand health advice.
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