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ACOG: Well-Women Visits Can Minimize Health Risks

Obstet Gynecol; 2018 Oct; ACOG, et al

Well-women visits provide excellent opportunities to counsel patients about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks, according to a new committee opinion from American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The revised committee opinion reflects updated guidance on components of the physical examination and new sources for well-women services. Additional ACOG recommendations and conclusions include:

  • 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.


Well-woman visit. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 755. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol. 2018;132:e181–86.