Recommendations for Well-Woman Care
Women and health care providers are often inundated with clinical guidance from various sources. Preventive care visits provide an excellent opportunity for health care providers to counsel patients about well-woman care. These well-woman assessments should include screening, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors. Recommendations for Well-Woman Care – A Well-Woman Chart is a resource developed by the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) that summarizes age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence into maturity. The services listed in the chart are a summary of clinical preventive service recommendations from the WPSI, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics. The intent of the WPSI’s Well-Woman Chart is to provide clarity for providers and women, with the goal of improving women’s health across the lifespan.
The Clinical Summary Tables that accompany the Well-Woman Chart are a quick reference for providers who are seeking more details about specific preventive services included in the chart. Each preventive service listed has a corresponding Clinical Summary Table, which includes a brief rationale for the preventive service, the recommendation from the corresponding recommending body (Bright Futures, USPSTF, or WPSI), clinical practice and risk assessment considerations, and references to the full text recommendations.
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Women’s Preventive Services Initiative. Recommendations for Well-Woman Care: A Well-Woman Chart. Washington, DC: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; 2018.