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ACOG Committee Opinion No. 755 Summary: Well-Woman Visit

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doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002898
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Abstract

Recommendations and Conclusions

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the following recommendations and conclusions:

  • A well-woman visit provides an excellent opportunity to counsel patients about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks.
  • The periodic well-woman care visit should include screening, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.
  • The interval for specific individual services may differ for individual patients, and the scope of services provided may vary in different ambulatory care settings.
  • Team-based care, including obstetrician–gynecologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals, may facilitate meeting the needs of preventive care for women.
  • A comprehensive history is one of the most important aspects of a well-woman visit.
  • Although components of a physical examination may not be required at a well-woman visit, obstetrician–gynecologists can play a critical role in engaging patients in shared decision making, encouraging and facilitating healthy behaviors, and counseling about a wide array of effective preventive health practices.

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