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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Committee Opinion Number 681, December 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 520, March 2012)

ABSTRACT Adverse outcomes preventable or otherwise are a reality of medical care Most importantly adverse events affect patients but they also affect health care practitioners Disclosing information about adverse events has benefits for the patient and the physician and ideally strengthens the pat...

December 2016

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Health Literacy to Promote Quality of Care

Committee Opinion Number 676, October 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 585, February 2014)

ABSTRACT Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain process and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions Multiple factors affect a patients understanding of health information including cultur...

October 2016

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Perinatal Risks Associated With Assisted Reproductive Technology

Committee Opinion Number 671, September 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 324, November 2005)

ABSTRACT Over the past decades the use of assisted reproductive technology ART has increased dramatically worldwide and has made pregnancy possible for many infertile couples Although the perinatal risks that may be associated with ART and ovulation induction are much higher in multifetal gestatio...

September 2016

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Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Committee Opinion Number 670, August 2016

ABSTRACT Immediate postpartum longacting reversible contraception LARC has the potential to reduce unintended and shortinterval pregnancy Women should be counseled about all forms of postpartum contraception in a context that allows informed decision making Immediate postpartum LARC should be offe...

August 2016

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Optimizing Postpartum Care

Committee Opinion Number 666, June 2016

ABSTRACT In the weeks after birth postpartum care often is fragmented among maternal and pediatric health care providers and communication between inpatient and outpatient settings is inconsistent To optimize postpartum care anticipatory guidance should begin during pregnancy During antenatal care...

June 2016

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Guidelines for Adolescent Health Research

Committee Opinion Number 665, June 2016

ABSTRACT Considerable uncertainty exists about what constitutes appropriate levels of protection for adolescents as research participants and about the need for parental permission The ethical principles that govern research include respect for individuals beneficence and justice as articulated in...

June 2016

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Refusal of Medically Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 664, June 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 321, November 2005)

ABSTRACT One of the most challenging scenarios in obstetric care occurs when a pregnant patient refuses recommended medical treatment that aims to support her wellbeing her fetuss wellbeing or both In such circumstances the obstetriciangynecologists ethical obligation to safeguard the pregnant wom...

June 2016

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8.

Integrating Immunizations Into Practice

Committee Opinion Number 661, April 2016

ABSTRACT Immunization against vaccinepreventable diseases is an essential component of womens primary and preventive health care Despite the importance of vaccination and clear guidance from public health agencies rates of vaccination lag behind national goals Obstetriciangynecologists can play a ...

April 2016

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Concerns Regarding Social Media and Health Issues in Adolescents and Young Adults

Committee Opinion Number 653, February 2016

ABSTRACT Although there are many positive aspects of social media for adolescents and young adults there are also risks Adolescence is a time of significant developmental changes during which adolescents exhibit a limited capacity for selfregulation and an increased risk of susceptibility to peer ...

February 2016

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 649, December 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 317, October 2005)

ABSTRACT Projections suggest that people of color will represent most of the US population by 2050 and yet significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in womens health and health care Although socioeconomic status accounts for some of these disparities factors at the patient practitioner and...

December 2015

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Ethical Considerations for Including Women as Research Participants

Committee Opinion Number 646, November 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 307, December 2004
and Committee Opinion No. 377, September 2007)

ABSTRACT Inclusion of women in research studies is necessary for valid inferences about health and disease in women The generalization of results from trials conducted in men may yield erroneous conclusions that fail to account for the biologic differences between men and women Although significan...

November 2015

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The Importance of Vital Records and Statistics for the Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Committee Opinion Number 639, September 2015

ABSTRACT Information from vital records is critical to identify and quantify healthrelated issues and to measure progress toward quality improvement and public health goals In particular maternal and infant mortality serve as important indicators of the nations health thereby influencing policy de...

September 2015

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Prenatal and Perinatal Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing - Expanded Recommendations

Committee Opinion Number 635, June 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 418, September 2008)

ABSTRACT Given the enormous advances in the prevention of perinatal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus HIV it is clear that early identification and treatment of all pregnant women with HIV is the best way to prevent neonatal infection and also improve womens health Furthermore new evide...

June 2015

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Alcohol Abuse and Other Substance Use Disorders: Ethical Issues in Obstetric and Gynecologic Practice

Committee Opinion Number 633, June 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 422, December 2008)

ABSTRACT Alcohol abuse and other substance use disorders are major often underdiagnosed health problems for women regardless of age race ethnicity and socioeconomic status and have resulting high costs for individuals and society The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edit...

June 2015

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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Committee Opinion Number 627, March 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 425, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Unauthorized undocumented immigrants are less likely than other residents of the United States to have health insurance The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has long supported a basic health care package for all women living within the United States without regard to th...

March 2015

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Management of Women With Dense Breasts Diagnosed by Mammography

Committee Opinion Number 625, March 2015

ABSTRACT Women with dense breasts have a modestly increased risk of breast cancer and experience reduced sensitivity of mammography to detect breast cancer However evidence is lacking to advocate for additional testing until there are clinically validated data that indicate improved screening outc...

March 2015

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Cervical Cancer Screening in Low-Resource Settings

Committee Opinion Number 624, February 2015

ABSTRACT Cytologybased cervical cancer screening programs require a number of elements to be successful Certain lowresource settings like the US Affiliated Pacific Islands lack these elements Implementing alternative cervical cancer screening strategies in lowresource settings can provide consiste...

February 2015

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18.

End of Life Decision Making

Committee Opinion Number 617, January 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 403, April 2008)

ABSTRACT Obstetriciangynecologists care for women throughout their lifespans and are in an ideal position to have ongoing discussions with healthy patients about their values and wishes regarding future care and to encourage them to complete an advance directive for health care In addition situati...

January 2015

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19.

Increasing Access to Abortion

Committee Opinion Number 613, November 2014

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Safe legal abortion is a necessary component of womens health care The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the availability of highquality reproductive health services for all women and is committed to improving access to abortion Access to abortion is threatened ...

November 2014

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Abortion Training and Education

Committee Opinion Number 612, November 2014

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Access to safe abortion hinges upon the availability of trained abortion providers The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports education for students in health care fields as well as clinical training for residents and advanced practice clinicians in abortion care in ...

November 2014

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