|October 2012 · Vol. 24, No. 10
Your age-based guide to
comprehensive well-woman care
Primary care interventions vary with the age of the patient, but there are similarities, too. A look at recommendations for four age intervals: 13–18, 19–39, 40–64, and over 65.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Physical exam and lab testing services according to age
Issues of concern no matter a woman’s age
Age-based causes of death
Editor in Chief
Dr. Barbieri is Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Kate Macy Ladd Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Barbieri reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended dividing a woman’s life cycle into four intervals—ages 13–18, 19–39, 40–64, and older than 65—in order to best organize the approach to primary and preventive health care.1 This paradigm provides a structure for organizing the clinical approach to physical examination, laboratory testing, counseling, and immunizations. In addition, it helps to highlight the diseases and health problems most prevalent among women at each life-stage.
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