Government Agencies Provide Funding For Most USPSTF Evidence Reviews Interview with:

Jennifer Villani, PhD, MPH Office of Disease Prevention National Institutes of Health

Dr. Villani

Jennifer Villani, PhD, MPH
Office of Disease Prevention
National Institutes of Health What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? 

Response: The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) develops recommendations for the delivery of clinical preventive services based on the highest quality scientific evidence available. We performed a comprehensive assessment of the sources of funding for the research studies in this evidence base.

The results showed that government agencies supported the most articles (56%), with the remaining support coming from nonprofits or universities (32%), and industry (17%). The National Institutes of Health was the single largest funder of research articles underlying the USPSTF recommendations. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: NIH-funded research underpins many clinical preventive service recommendations made by the USPSTF. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: It is important to evaluate the funding sources for the scientific evidence base of clinical practice guidelines from professional societies and other organizations. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: The views expressed here are solely the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; nor does mention of the department or agency imply endorsement by the US government. 


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Last Updated on May 23, 2018 by Marie Benz MD FAAD