Levels of Gynecologic Care: A Task Force Consensus Statement

Daniel Breitkopf, Erika Banks, David Chelmow, Eduardo Lara-Torre, Kelly Mccue, Tony Ogburn, Samantha Pfeifer, Ted Anderson, Fidel A. Valea

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Systems of care have been established for obstetrics, trauma, and neonatology. An American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Presidential Task Force was established to develop a care system for gynecologic surgery. A group of experts who represent diverse perspectives in gynecologic practice proposed definitions of levels of gynecologic care using the Delphi method. The goal is to improve the quality of gynecologic surgical care performed in the United States by providing a framework of minimal institutional requirements for each level. Subgroups developed draft criteria for each level of care. The entire Task Force then met to reach consensus regarding the levels of care final definitions and parameters. The levels of gynecologic care framework focuses on systems of care by considering institutional resources and expertise, providing guidance on the provision of care in appropriate level facilities. These levels were defined by the ability to care for patients of increasing risk, complexity, and comorbidities, organizing gynecologic care around hospital capability. This framework can also be used to inform the escalation of care to appropriate facilities by identifying patients at risk and guiding them to facilities with the skills, expertise, and capabilities to safely and effectively meet their needs. The levels of gynecologic care framework is intended for use by patients, hospitals, and clinicians in the United States to guide where elective surgery can be done most safely and effectively by specialists and subspecialists in obstetrics and gynecology. The key features of the levels of gynecologic care include ensuring provision of risk-appropriate care and regionalization of care by facility capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1045
Number of pages10
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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