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Professional Liability and Gynecology-Only Practice

Committee Opinion Number 567, July 2013

(Replaces No. 408, June 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and accordingly may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early ...

July 2013

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Reprocessed Single-Use Devices

Committee Opinion Number 537, October 2012

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The reprocessing and reuse of singleuse instruments has become increasingly common Although there are limited data on reprocessed singleuse devices existing studies have found a significant rate of physical defects performance issues or improper decontamination There are currently no data...

October 2012

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Well-Woman Visit

Committee Opinion Number 534, August 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

Abstract The annual health assessment annual examination is a fundamental part of medical care and is valuable in promoting prevention practices recognizing risk factors for disease identifying medical problems and establishing the clinicianpatient relationship The annual health assessment should ...

August 2012

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Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Committee Opinion Number 525, May 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Lesbians and bisexual women encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure discriminatory attitudes and treatment limited access to health care and health insurance and often a limited understanding as to what their health risks may be Health ...

May 2012

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Intimate Partner Violence

Committee Opinion Number 518, February 2012

ABSTRACT Intimate partner violence IPV is a significant yet preventable public health problem that affects millions of women regardless of age economic status race religion ethnicity sexual orientation or educational background Individuals who are subjected to IPV may have lifelong consequences in...

February 2012

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Health Care Systems for Underserved Women

Committee Opinion Number 516, January 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Underserved women are those who are unable to obtain quality health care by virtue of barriers created by poverty cultural differences race or ethnicity geography sexual orientation gender identity or other factors that contribute to health care inequities With passage of the Patient Prot...

January 2012

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Health Care for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Committee Opinion Number 515, January 2012

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Sixty percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women live in metropolitan areas Most are not eligible for health care provided by the federal Indian Health Service IHS The IHS partly funds 34 Urban Indian Health Organizations which vary in size and services Some are small informationa...

January 2012

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Health Care for Transgender Individuals

Committee Opinion Number 512, December 2011

ABSTRACT Transgender individuals face harassment discrimination and rejection within our society Lack of awareness knowledge and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to underutilization of and disparities within the health care system for this population Alt...

December 2011

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Tobacco Use and Women's Health

Committee Opinion Number 503, September 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Tobacco use negatively affects every organ system and is the most prevalent cause of premature death for adults within the United States Compared with women who are nonsmokers women who smoke cigarettes have greater risks of reproductive health problems many forms of gynecologic cancer an...

September 2011

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Adult Manifestations of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Committee Opinion Number 498, August 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Longterm effects of childhood sexual abuse are varied complex and often devastating Many obstetriciangynecologists knowingly or unknowingly provide care to abuse survivors and should screen all women for a history of such abuse Depression anxiety and anger are the most commonly reported e...

August 2011

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At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence: Obstetric and Gynecologic Implications

Committee Opinion Number 496, August 2011

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Compared with men atrisk alcohol use by women has a disproportionate effect on their health and lives including reproductive function and pregnancy outcomes Obstetriciangynecologists have a key role in screening and providing brief intervention patient education and treatment referral for...

August 2011

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Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive Age

Committee Opinion Number 479, March 2011

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Methamphetamine abuse has continued to increase in the United States since the late 1980s with its use spreading from the West Coast to areas across the country Methamphetamine use in pregnancy endangers the health of the woman and increases the risk of low birth weight and small for gest...

March 2011

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Family History as a Risk Assessment Tool

Committee Opinion Number 478, March 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Family history plays a critical role in assessing the risk of inherited medical conditions and single gene disorders Several methods have been established to obtain family medical histories including the family history questionnaire or checklist and the pedigree The screening tool selecte...

March 2011

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Motivational Interviewing: A Tool for Behavior Change

Committee Opinion Number 423, January 2009

Reaffirmed 2016

Abstract Applying the principles of motivational interviewing to everyday patient interactions has been proved effective in eliciting behavior change that contributes to positive health outcomes and improved patientphysician communication Current Procedural Terminology codes are available to aid i...

January 2009

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The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine

Committee Opinion Number 385, November 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Health care providers occasionally may find that providing indicated even standard care would present for them a personal moral problema conflict of conscienceparticularly in the field of reproductive medicine Although respect for conscience is important conscientious refusals should be l...

November 2007

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