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Date:9/22/2008

cked. Two of the recommendations a 54-year-old woman would receive include getting tested for colorectal cancer and talking with her doctor about taking low-dose aspirin every day to help lower her risk of stroke.

This feature was developed through a joint effort between HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The feature provides evidence-based recommendations from the AHRQ-sponsored U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care.

"Health professionals have benefited from online access to task force recommendations for years. Until now, consumers have not had the same advantage," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "We are pleased to join with ODPHP to offer myhealthfinder as a personalized, evidence-based prevention decision support tool."

The redesign of healthfinder.gov was based on proven clear communication practices. In addition, several possible versions of the Web site and the new prevention content were consumer tested to ensure that the site is user friendly and that people can find what they are looking for. As a result, healthfinder.gov is easy to understand and navigate, especially for consumers with limited health literacy.

Since 1997, healthfinder.gov has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health information on the Internet. It has been certified by HONcode, the oldest and the most used ethical and trustworthy code for medical and health related information available on Internet. It has also been recognized by the Medical Library Association as one of the top 10 most useful Web sites for consumers.

The healthfinder.gov project is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and its National Health Information Center, with the participation of a steering committee of representatives from federal agencies, including co
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