Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics

 

 

Supporting Evidence-Based Policy

ACOG and the National Partnership for Women & Families have released the results of the Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics

The project supports evidence-informed policy regarding these procedures, with the goal of furthering healthcare quality, safety, affordability, and patient experience without imposing unjustified burdens on patients’ access to care or on clinicians’ ability to provide care within their scope of practice. 

The findings were published in Obstetrics & Gynecology (The Green Journal). Authors include Barbara S. Levy, MD (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), Debra L. Ness, MS (National Partnership for Women & Families) and Steven E. Weinberger, MD (American College of Physicians).

Preventing Barriers to Care

In their report, the authors note that in policy and law, regulation of abortion is frequently treated differently from other health services. They cite that the safety of abortion is similar to that of other types of office- and clinic-based procedures, and facility requirements should be based on assuring high quality, safe performance of all such procedures. The article explains that false concerns for patient safety are being used as a justification for promoting regulations that specifically target abortion. 

“This collaborative effort among women’s groups and women’s health experts found that guidelines for facilities performing office-based procedures, including abortion, are already comprehensive and adequate,” said Barbara S. Levy, MD, ACOG Vice President of Health Policy. “Regulations or laws requiring changes to current accepted practices for such procedures are unwarranted and add burden to women and providers without improving safety. Our organizations must now focus on reducing burden to improve clinicians’ ability to provide care and women’s ability to access that care.”

Fourteen organizations have endorsed the guidelines.

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