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 QFP (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)
The 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)
The 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.