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Health Care for Women in the Military and Women Veterans

Committee Opinion Number 547, December 2012

Abstract Military service is associated with unique risks to womens reproductive health As increasing numbers of women are serving in the military and a greater proportion of United States Veterans are women it is essential that obstetriciangynecologists are aware of and well prepared to address t...

December 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 Disparities in Rural Women

Committee Opinion Number 586, February 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 429, March 2009)

ABSTRACT Rural women experience poorer health outcomes and have less access to health care than urban women Many rural areas have limited numbers of health care providers especially womens health providers Rural America is heterogeneous where problems vary depending on the region and state Health ...

February 2014

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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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Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infections in Obstetrician–Gynecologists

Committee Opinion Number 655, February 2016

ABSTRACT To prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens it is important that health care providers adhere to standard precautions follow fundamental infectioncontrol principles and use appropriate procedural techniques All obstetriciangynecologists who provide clinical care should receive the hep...

February 2016

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Hereditary Cancer Syndromes and Risk Assessment

Committee Opinion Number 634, June 2015

ABSTRACT A hereditary cancer syndrome is a genetic predisposition to certain types of cancer often with onset at an early age caused by inherited mutations in one or more genes Cases of cancer commonly encountered by obstetriciangynecologists or other obstetricgynecologic providersmdashsuch as bre...

June 2015

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Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease

Committee Opinion Number 565, June 2013

(Replaces No. 420, November 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Menopausal hormone therapy should not be used for the primary or secondary prevention of coronary heart disease at the present time Evidence is insufficient to conclude that longterm estrogen therapy or hormone therapy use improves cardiovascular outcomes Nevertheless recent evidence sugg...

June 2013

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Hospital Disaster Preparedness for Obstetricians and Facilities Providing Maternity Care

Committee Opinion Number 555, March 2013

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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Hospital-Based Triage of Obstetric Patients

Committee Opinion Number 667, July 2016

ABSTRACT Emergency departments typically have structured triage guidelines for health care providers encountering the diverse cases that may present to their units Such guidelines aid in determining which patients must be evaluated promptly and which may wait safely and aid in determining anticipa...

July 2016

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Committee Opinion Number 389, December 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Because human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection often is detected through prenatal and sexually transmitted disease testing an obstetriciangynecologist may be the first health professional to provide care for a woman infected with HIV Universal testing with patient notification and rig...

December 2007

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Women of Color

Committee Opinion Number 536, September 2012

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 414, August 2008)

ABSTRACT In the United States most new cases of human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS occur among women of color primarily African American and Hispanic women Most women of color acquire the disease from heterosexual contact often from a partner who...

September 2012

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Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

Committee Opinion Number 641, September 2015

(This Committee Opinion Replaces Committee Opinion Number 588)

ABSTRACT Human papillomavirus HPV is associated with the development of anogenital cancer including cervical vaginal vulvar penile and anal oropharyngeal cancer and genital warts Human papillomavirus vaccination can significantly reduce the incidence of anogenital cancer and genital warts Despite ...

September 2015

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Human Trafficking

Committee Opinion Number 507, September 2011

ABSTRACT Human trafficking is a widespread problem with estimates ranging from 14000 to 50000 individuals trafficked into the United States annually This hidden population involves the commercial sex industry agriculture factories hotel and restaurant businesses domestic workers marriage brokers a...

September 2011

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Identification and Referral of Maternal Genetic Conditions in Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 643, October 2015

ABSTRACT Advances in the understanding of genetic conditions reproductive technologies and improved medical and surgical care have enabled an increasing number of women with genetic conditions to achieve a normal pregnancy outcome However management of certain genetic conditions during pregnancy i...

October 2015

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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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Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery

Committee Opinion Number 594, April 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Immersion in water has been suggested as a beneficial alternative for labor or delivery or both and over the past decades has gained popularity in many parts of world Immersion in water during the first stage of labor may be associated with decreased pain or use of anesthesia and decrease...

April 2014

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Improving Medication Safety

Committee Opinion Number 531, August 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces No. 331, April 2006 and No. 400, March 2008)

ABSTRACT Despite significant national attention medical errors continue to pervade the US health care system Medicationrelated errors consistently rank at the top of all medical errors which account for thousands of preventable deaths annually in the United States There are a variety of methodsran...

August 2012

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Inappropriate Reimbursement Practices by Third-Party Payers

Committee Opinion Number 250, January 2001

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG Committee on Coding and Nomenclature believes that physicians must code accurately the services they provide and the diagnoses that justify those services for purposes of appropriate payment This requirement is consistent with the rules ...

January 2001

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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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Increasing Access to Contraceptive Implants and Intrauterine Devices to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 642, October 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 450, December 2009)

ABSTRACT Unintended pregnancy persists as a major public health problem in the United States Although lowering unintended pregnancy rates requires multiple approaches individual obstetriciangynecologists may contribute by increasing access to contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices Obstetr...

October 2015

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