Statement of Task to the Committee on
Preventive Services for Women

The Institute of Medicine will convene an expert committee to review what preventive services are necessary for women’s health and well-being and should be considered in the development of comprehensive guidelines for preventive services for women. The committee will also provide guidance on a process for regularly updating the preventive screenings and services to be considered. In conducting its work, the committee will: conduct a series of meetings to examine existing prevention guidelines, obtain input from stakeholders, identify gaps that may exist in recommended preventive services for USPSTF Grade A and B preventive services guidelines for women and in Bright Futures and USPSTF Grade A and B guidelines for adolescents, and highlight specific services and screenings that could supplement currently recommended preventive services for women. Specifically, the committee will consider the following questions:

  • What is the scope of preventive services for women not included in those graded A and B by the USPSTF?
  • What additional screenings and preventive services have been shown to be effective for women? Consideration may be given to those services shown to be effective but not well utilized among women disproportionately affected by preventable chronic illnesses.
  • What services and screenings are needed to fill gaps in recommended preventive services for women?
  • What models could HHS and its agencies use to coordinate regular updates of the comprehensive guidelines for preventive services and screenings for women and adolescent girls?

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been charged to examine recommendations for women’s preventive services. ASPE will use the information and recommendations from the committee’s report to guide policy and program development related to provisions in the Affordable Care Act addressing preventive services for women.

In response, the IOM convened a committee of 16 members—including specialists in disease prevention, women’s health issues, adolescent health issues, and evidence-based guidelines—to develop a set of recommendations for consideration by the ASPE of HHS.

The committee sought clarification from ASPE on a number of issues regarding its charge. In summary:

  • Preventive services were specified to be applicable to females aged 10 to 65 years;

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