The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 includes strong well-woman health care provisions as a means of optimizing preventive health care across a woman's lifetime. In 2013, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists convened a task force of leading professional associations representing women's health clinicians to develop age-specific well-woman health care guidelines with a goal of improving health outcomes. The charge of the Well-Woman Task Force was to provide guidance to women and clinicians with age-appropriate recommendations for a well-woman visit. Evidence-based guidelines, evidence-informed guidelines, and uniform expert agreement formed the foundation for the final recommendations. The resulting list of recommendations, “Components of the Well-Woman Visit,” identifies needs across a woman's lifespan and is intended for use by any provider who cares for adolescents or women.
“Components of the Well-Woman Visit” identifies age-specific elements of health care, used by any provider with a goal of improving health outcomes.
Dr. Conry is Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC. Dr. Brown is from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina.
Corresponding author: Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, 1600 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA 95661; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented at the Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, April 26–30, 2014, Chicago, IL; American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Colorado Section, June 19, 2015, Vail, Colorado; District II, October 18, 2014, New York, NY; Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, October 16, 2014, Savannah, GA; West Virginia OBGYN, August 22, 2014, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; National Medical Association, August 3, 2014, Honolulu, HI; Colombia OBGYN Society, May 31, 2014, Medellin, Colombia.