Clinical Practice

Resources for nurses to improve their clinical practice in sexual and reproductive health and abortion care.

CDC Publications for Evidence-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

January, 23 2017

birth control pills nursing pregnancy prevention

Essential sexual and reproductive health publications for nurses from the CDC

This trilogy of publications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives nurses and other health care providers evidence-based guidelines to support quality clinical practice and delivery of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Nurse educators can use these resources in teaching students to prepare them to provide quality, evidence-based SRH care.

Quality Family Planning Guidelines (QFP)

The QFPProviding Quality Family Planning Services badge (a joint publication with the Office of Population Affairs) is designed for providers in dedicated family planning sites as well as in comprehensive public and primary care settings. It includes recommendations about contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, helping clients achieve pregnancy, basic infertility services, preconception health services, and sexually transmitted disease services.


Selected Practice Recommendations (SPR)

United States Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive UseThe SPR and MEC publications focus specifically on contraception. The SPR addresses initiation and use of different methods, as well as management of some of the common and more complicated issues that can arise among contraceptive-using patients. It includes a number of useful tables and algorithms that can be helpful for clinicians, and educational tools that can be used with patients.


Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (USMEC)

United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive UseThe USMEC provides guidance for clinicians to use in counseling and determining eligibility for specific contraceptive methods, including when certain characteristics or medical conditions are present.