ACOG statement on consensus guidelines for outpatient procedures, including abortion

  • ACOG
  • 24 Jan 2019

  • curated by Elisabeth Aron, MD, MPH, FACOG
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and its partners have issued a statement on newly published consensus and guidelines on the safety of outpatient gynecology procedures, including abortion care.
  • Given available evidence, guidelines for facilities performing office-based procedures, including abortion, are already "comprehensive and adequate," they say.

Why this matters

  • Outpatient abortion care is safe, comprehensive, and adequate, but new regulations/laws requiring changes to abortion services may lead to an unwarranted burden on women without increasing benefit.
  • Policy makers should use the information to protect patient access to care, ACOG said in its statement.

Key highlights

  • Little evidence addresses the effect of outpatient facilities, patient safety.
  • Further measures beyond current accepted practices are unjustified.
  • Guidelines are published here.
  • More than a dozen organizations have endorsed the guidelines.
  • Guidelines were developed by representatives from ACOG and the National Partnership for Women & Families.
  • Guidelines reflect the results of "The Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics," led by a planning committee of representatives from multiple organizations, who created these consensus guidelines.
  • Funding: None disclosed.

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