Updating the Women’s Preventive Services’ Guidelines
Women face a number of unique health issues and concerns. To address these, HRSA awarded approximately $950,000 in funding per year for a five-year cooperative agreement with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to develop a collaborative coalition process to review and recommend updates to the current HRSA-supported Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines.
Why Are the Guidelines Being Updated?
The current guidelines were developed in 2011 based on recommendations from an HHS-commissioned study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now known as the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Since then, there have been:
- Advancements in science and research;
- Identification of gaps, such as a need for greater emphasis on practice-based clinical considerations.
For these reasons, and to follow the IOM report’s recommendation to update the guidelines at least every five years, HRSA intends to implement a regular process for updating them.
How Will the Updated Guidelines be Developed?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) will convene a coalition of provider, academic, and consumer-focused health professional organizations and conduct a scientifically rigorous review process to recommend updates to the existing guidelines.
This model will create a coalition of health professional organizations with expertise in women’s health across the lifespan to leverage existing partnerships, and facilitate the inclusion of a broad range of expertise.
Public input will be sought by the cooperative agreement awardee for:
- defining the scope of the recommended guidelines;
- identifying and assessing the evidence base; and
- distributing the guidelines.
What are the Goals of the New Cooperative Agreement to Develop Updated Guidelines?
- Establish a process for developing and regularly updating guidelines for women’s preventive services.
- Obtain participation from health professional organizations on developing recommended guidelines for women’s preventive services.
- Review and synthesize existing guidelines and new scientific evidence for women’s preventive services.
- Develop recommended comprehensive guidelines for women’s preventive services.
- Disseminate HRSA-supported comprehensive guidelines for use in clinical practice.