Revisit the Visit: A Complete Picture of Your Patient's Health

As ACOG’s new president, Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS, is launching a new initiative to bring renewed focus to preventive care, and as a result, to improving outcomes in women’s health.

It’s no secret that the United States health care system has gaps—and it’s obvious to health care professionals that despite our best efforts, patients can and often do fall through those gaps. 

Obstetrician–gynecologists are some of the only health care professionals who care for patients across the entirety of the patient’s life. This makes us uniquely positioned to identify gaps in health care they may experience, work with them through many different stages in their lives, and create and implement solutions to make sure that no patient is left behind. 

We can fill the gaps by refocusing our approach to preventive care. By changing our approach, obstetrician–gynecologists can better serve patients, strengthen and deepen the physician-patient relationship, and emphasize the importance of obstetrics and gynecology within hospital and health care systems.

At ACOG, we firmly believe that an investment in women’s health is crucial to improving the larger health care system and, therefore, the health and well-being of patients and their families. Dr. Chalas outlined a clear vision for the advancement of preventive health care and improving health outcomes for women in her recent inaugural address at ACOG’s 2020 Annual Business Meeting.

Watch Dr. Eva Chalas’ Presidential Address:


Let’s Revisit the Visit

Personalizing care is at the heart of Dr. Chalas’ new initiative to improve preventive care. Obstetrician–gynecologists have the opportunity to partner with patients to incorporate guidance for preventive health care measures into patient visits. To do that, obstetrician–gynecologists need improved and more effective tools to help offer more productive office visits while providing more personalized care. Better information can increase awareness of signs and symptoms of complications, advance more effective patient–physician interactions, and ultimately reduce adverse outcomes.

To fill in the gaps in preventive care, Dr. Chalas and her Presidential Initiative Task Force will dedicate the resources and knowledge of ACOG and expert physicians to identify and deliver tools, education, and communication systems to help our members transition visits to the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness to best support patients

The Presidential Task Force will focus on three areas:

  • Identify gaps in knowledge. By developing frameworks for existing ACOG resources, we can ensure that members can take advantage of ACOG’s offerings to the fullest extent to bolster their practice, keep patients informed and prepared, and stay on the cutting edge of developments in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Evaluate and redirect technological resources. Technology is playing a larger role in health care than ever before. To ensure we’re taking full advantage of our existing resources, we will identify the technology used in current approaches to targeting preventive visits for individual patients and determine how we can use that technology most effectively. 
  • Create strategies for implementation. Having the right resources isn’t enough. We need to identify effective clinical implementation strategies. By using assets such as WPSI’s well-woman resources, we will be able to consider the development of physician and patient-focused guidance.

We Must Be Champions 

Because obstetrician–gynecologists serve patients throughout their lives, it’s critical for us to be their champions and take the lead on preventive health care. 

By educating the public on how to collaborate with their physicians on their own preventive care, we can increase awareness of signs and symptoms of complications, allow physicians to become more effective in personalizing patient care, and ultimately reduce adverse outcomes.