Clinical Practice: ACOG-Led Preventive Care Guidelines Adopted by HRSA

On December 20, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) formally adopted the clinical Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines. The guidelines were developed using a collaborative and consensus process by the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI), led by ACOG under a five-year cooperative agreement from HRSA. An abridged final report is now available on the WPSI website, and a full report will be available in early February 2017.

The coalition supporting the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative included the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP), and National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), among many others.

The guidelines were a revision and update of the HRSA-adopted 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM, now known as the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) guidelines, with the addition of breast cancer screening recommendations. The clinical guidelines, along with implementation recommendations, include the following topics:

  • Breast Cancer Screening for Average-Risk Women
  • Breastfeeding Services and Supplies
  • Screening for Cervical Cancer
  • Contraception
  • Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
  • Screening for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
  • Screening for Interpersonal and Domestic Violence
  • Counseling for Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Well-Woman Preventive Visits

In subsequent years, the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative will take into consideration new guidelines. Please visit the WPSI website if you would like to recommend a particular topic area.

In addition to new guidelines, WPSI will also begin implementation activities in early 2017. These activities will include assembling a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders in women’s health care to create tools and resources that will enable health care providers to more easily translate the guidelines to clinical practice.

We would love to hear from you at should you have suggestions for our implementation efforts. 


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