Updates to QFP
QFP integrates and fills gaps in existing guidelines for the family planning settings. QFP references numerous other clinical guidelines that are published by federal agencies, as well as guidelines released by professional medical associations. Since these guidelines are updated on a frequent basis, CDC and OPA will compile updates regularly.
Why is QFP Needed?
The U.S. continues to face significant challenges in improving the reproductive health of all Americans:
- Nearly half (49%) of all pregnancies are unintended.
- The US has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the developed world. More than 700,000 adolescents (15-19 years) become pregnant each year and more than 300,000 give birth.
- Approximately 1 in 8 pregnancies results in a preterm birth and infant mortality rates remain high compared with other developed countries.
- Moreover, all of these outcomes disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities.
High quality family planning education, counseling and clinical services help to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve reproductive health and birth outcomes.
Content last reviewed on January 5, 2017