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Allan to serve on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (10/14/98)

Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named as one of 15 individuals to serve on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She and Nola J. Pender, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and research at The University of Michigan School of Nursing, will represent nursing on the panel.

The task force, convened by the U.S. Public Health Service's Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, is an independent panel of preventive health experts whose charge is to evaluate scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a range of clinical preventive services such as screenings, immunizations and counseling. The 15 task force members represent the fields of behavioral medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and preventive medicine.

"The task force will play a critical role in ensuring that clinicians have up-to-date informationóbased on new research and technological advances--on preventive services proven to work in primary care settings," said John M. Eisenberg, MD, administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

The task force will produce the third edition of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. This text is anticipated for release in late 2002. Previous editions, released in 1989 and 1996, have increased awareness among health care providers and patients that prevention is an integral part of primary health care, Dr. Eisenberg said.

The panel includes members from Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Michigan and other academic health science centers. The chair is Alfred O. Berg, MD, professor and acting chair of family medicine at the University of Washington.

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