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Well-Woman Visit: Resource Overview

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers, and patients related to the well-woman visit.

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice. 

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers
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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Well-Woman Visit
This Committee Opinion, published by ACOG in October 2018, explains the importance of the annual well-woman exam, including screening, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.

ACOG Well-Woman Recommendations
These recommendations, based on age and risk factors, serve as a framework for care for use by a physician or team of health care professionals. Recommendations are organized by age range for screening, laboratory testing, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations. 

Immunization for Women
This ACOG website provides ob-gyns and their patients with a trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including immunization facts and safety, immunization schedules, clinical and practice management guidelines, and links to other immunization resources. 

Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI)
This coalition of health professional organizations and consumer and patient advocates develops, reviews, and updates recommendations for women’s preventive healthcare services, including the HRSA-sponsored Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines. 


External Resources

Healthfinder.gov 
This tool, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides personalized preventive services recommendations for patients. 

Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is a quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians and health care teams identify, prioritize, and offer screening, counseling, and preventive medication services for their patients. 

The National Academy of Medicine 
This report from the National Academy of Medicine recommends that eight preventive health services for women be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).  

Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs
This report, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides recommendations that outline how to provide quality family planning services including contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, helping clients achieve pregnancy, basic infertility services, preconception health services, and sexually transmitted disease services.

US Medical Eligibility Criteria (US MEC) for Contraceptive Use
This report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, includes recommendations for safe use of specific contraceptive methods by women and men who have certain characteristics or medical conditions. 

US Selected Practice Recommendations (US SPR) for Contraceptive Use
This report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, provides evidence-based guidance to reduce medical barriers to contraception access and use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Immunization Schedules 
This website provides immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults, available in printable format and as a smartphone application.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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