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1.

Informed Consent

Number 439

(Reaffirmed 2012)

ABSTRACT Obtaining informed consent for medical treatment for participation in medical research and for participation in teaching exercises involving students and residents is an ethical requirement that is partially reflected in legal doctrines and requirements As an ethical doctrine informed con...

August 2009

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Patient Safety in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Number 447

(Reaffirmed 2015, Replaces No. 286, October 2003)

ABSTRACT Since publication of the Institute of Medicines landmark report To Err is Human Building a Safer Health System emphasis on patient safety has steadily increased Obstetriciangynecologists should continuously incorporate elements of patient safety into their practices and also encourage oth...

December 2009

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The Obstetric-Gynecologic Hospitalist

Number 459

(Reaffirmed 2012)

ABSTRACT The work models for the obstetricgynecologic hospitalist and the obstetric laborist are gaining popularity and momentum in hospitals across the nation These models could be timely solutions to the challenging demands of the general practice of obstetrics and gynecology The American Colleg...

July 2010

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Patient Safety in the Surgical Environment

Number 464

(Replaces No. 328, February 2006, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Ensuring patient safety in the operating room begins before the patient enters the operative suite and includes attention to all applicable types of preventable medical errors including for example medication errors but surgical errors are unique to this environment Steps to prevent wrong...

September 2010

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Empathy in Womens Health Care

Number 480

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Empathy is the process through which one attempts to project oneself into anothers life and imagine a situation from his or her point of view Most individuals do have an innate capacity to show empathy toward others Empathy is as important to being a good physician as technical competence...

March 2011

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Partnering With Patients to Improve Safety

Number 490

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 320, November 2005)

Abstract Actively involving patients in the planning of health services is recommended as a means of improving the quality of care This can increase patient engagement and reduce risk resulting in improved outcomes satisfaction and treatment adherence Introduction The foundation for a positive phy...

May 2011

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Disruptive Behavior

Number 508

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 366, May 2007)

ABSTRACT Disruptive physician behavior may have a negative effect on patient care Consequently it is important that a systematic process be in place to discourage identify and remedy episodes of disruptive behavior Introduction A growing number of organizations recognize that disruptive behavior m...

October 2011

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Fatigue and Patient Safety

Number 519

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 398, February 2008)

ABSTRACT It has long been recognized that fatigue can affect human cognitive and physical function Although there are limited published data on the effects of fatigue on health care providers including fulltime practicing physicians there is increasing awareness within the patient safety movement ...

March 2012

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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Number 520

(Replaces No. 380, October 2007, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Disclosure and discussion of adverse events in health care with the patient are morally and ethically necessary to achieve the optimal goal of respecting patient autonomy Improving the disclosure process through education policies programmatic training and accessible resources will enhanc...

March 2012

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Tracking and Reminder Systems

Number 546

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 461, August 2010)

ABSTRACT An accurate and effective tracking or reminder system is useful for the modern practice of obstetrics and gynecology Practices should not rely solely on the patient to complete all ordered studies and to follow up on health care provider recommendations Health care providers should encour...

December 2012

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Hospital Disaster Preparedness for Obstetricians and Facilities Providing Maternity Care

Number 555

ABSTRACT Numerous occurrences in the past decade have brought the issue of disaster preparedness and specifically hospital preparedness to the national forefront Much of the work in this area has focused on large hospital system preparedness for various disaster scenarios Many unique features of t...

March 2013

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Health Literacy

Number 585

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 491, May 2011)

ABSTRACT According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions The American College of Obste...

February 2014

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Effective Patient–Physician Communication

Number 587

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 492, May 2011)

ABSTRACT Physicians ability to effectively and compassionately communicate information is key to a successful patientphysician relationship The current health care environment demands increasing clinical productivity and affords less time with each patient which can impede effective patientphysici...

February 2014

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Preparing for Clinical Emergencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Number 590

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 487, April 2011)

ABSTRACT Patient care emergencies may occur at any time in any setting particularly the inpatient setting It is important that obstetriciangynecologists prepare themselves by assessing potential emergencies establishing early warning systems designating specialized first responders conducting emer...

March 2014

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Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Number 621

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 472, November 2010)

ABSTRACT The advantages of health information technology IT include facilitating communication between health care providers improving medication safety tracking and reporting and promoting quality of care through optimized access to and adherence to guidelines Health IT systems permit the collect...

January 2015

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Professional Use of Digital and Social Media

Number 622

ABSTRACT Digital and social media quickly are becoming universal in modern medical practice Data sharing online reviews and ratings and digital privacy concerns likely will become a part of most every physicians practice regardless of his or her use of social media The widespread use of social med...

February 2015

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Clinical Guidelines and Standardization of Practice to Improve Outcomes

Number 629

(Replaces Committee Opinion 526, May 2012)

ABSTRACT Protocols and checklists have been shown to reduce patient harm through improved standardization and communication Implementation of protocols and guidelines often is delayed because of lack of health care provider awareness or difficult clinical algorithms in medical institutions However...

April 2015

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

Number 639

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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