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School of Nursing dean named as vice chair of federal panel (3-17-00)

Janet Allan, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, recently was appointed vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Allan is one of two nurses initially appointed to the task force in 1998.

The task force consists of 14 private-sector health professionals from a variety of specialties. They were selected from more than 80 nominees based on recognized expertise in prevention, evidence-based medicine and primary care.

First convened by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1984 to review and evaluate preventive services, the task force’s mission is to make recommendations about services that should be routinely incorporated into primary care. These evidence-based recommendations were published in the first edition of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services in 1989. A second edition was released in 1995, and the current task force is preparing a third.

The Guide has been used extensively in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing education, and task force recommendations have figured prominently in development of health care quality measures and national health objectives.

Individual reports for the Guide will be released as they are completed, both in print and on the AHRQ Web site at <www.ahrq.gov>. The bound volume likely will be published in late 2002.

Contact: Will Sansom or Jennifer Lorenzo