The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF, Task Force) today posted for public comment a draft research plan on screening for obstructive sleep apnea. I encourage you and others in your organization to review the draft research plan and submit comments. Comments can be submitted from August 7, 2014 through September 3, 2014. The Task Force believes that soliciting outside input will help to ensure that the final recommendation is valid, reliable, and useful to health professionals, patients, and family members.
If you have not already done so, please consider signing up for the USPSTF email list to receive updates about opportunities for public comment on screening for obstructive sleep apnea, and notifications of when final materials are published on the Task Force Web site. Also, if you know of any other organizations, subject matter experts, or individuals who may be interested in being informed of Task Force recommendations, like screening for obstructive sleep apnea, and providing input throughout the recommendation process, please encourage them to sign up as well.
Individuals who sign up for the USPSTF email list will be alerted to opportunities to provide comment on draft research plans, draft recommendation statements, and draft evidence reviews for all topics. The purpose of the public comment process is to seek feedback from organizations like yours, along with the general public, at each stage of development for screening for obstructive sleep apnea. Members of the Task Force carefully review all submitted comments and take them into consideration when finalizing the research plan, evidence review, and, eventually, the recommendation statement. These email announcements will also let individuals know when final research plans, final evidence summaries, and final recommendation statements are released on the Task Force Web site. We hope that you will widely disseminate the final recommendation statement, following the rigorous, evidence-based recommendation development process and public comment periods, among your membership and encourage your members to implement it. The USPSTF email list also provides information on other Task Force activities.
Future announcements about the posting of the final research plan, the posting of the draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review, and the publication and posting of the final recommendation statement and final evidence summary for screening for obstructive sleep apnea will only be available via the USPSTF email list and our Web site.
Together, we can work to improve the health of all Americans.