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AHRQ Announces New Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Date:3/11/2009

's Office of the President and associate medical director of Healthwise, Inc. Dr. Melnikow's research interests include cost-effectiveness analysis to assist clinical and public health policy formulation, cancer prevention in women, patient preferences and decision making, underserved populations and health disparities.

Dr. Nicholson, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a perinatal epidemiologist, is an associate professor in the departments of gynecology and obstetrics and population, family and reproductive health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. She is currently a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' committee on health care for underserved women and of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health working group on preconception care and health care. Dr. Nicholson's research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic conditions in women, including gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity and the effect of depressive symptoms on health-related quality of life.

About the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is the leading independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care. The Task Force, which is supported by AHRQ, conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling and preventive medications. Its recommendations are considered the gold standard for clinical preventive services. More information about the Task Force can be found on the AHRQ Web site at http://www.preventiveservices.ahrq.gov.


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