WPSI 2016 Recommendations
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is pleased to present the Final Report, Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration. The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is a collaborative effort between health professional societies and consumer organizations that are experts in women’s health. This report is the first in a 5-year effort to develop, review, update, and disseminate recommendations for women’s preventive health care services and identifies needs across a woman’s life span, from adolescence through adulthood into maturity.
In order to ensure that women of all ages receive appropriate preventive health screenings, both healthcare providers and patients need uniform, established guidelines. The WPSI recognizes that women may seek guidance for preventive services from a diverse set of experts in women’s health, including family physicians and internists, obstetrician–gynecologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives. It will take the collaborative effort of the WPSI, with its broad membership of specialty societies providing women’s health care, to share guidelines and to hold all accountable for optimizing the health and well-being of women. Efficient, effective guidelines established with evidence-based processes and vetted by women’s health experts will optimize health care delivery and outcomes.
Over the next 4 years, the WPSI look forward to the prospect of identifying and developing more topic-specific recommendations and building an implementation strategy so that the health of all women is improved in this generation and generations to come!
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Women’s Preventive Services Initiative. Recommendations for preventive services for women: final report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration. Washington, DC: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; 2016.