The official journal of ARHP, Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal, is consistently ranked in the top tier of all journals in obstetrics and gynecology. Contraception is internationally recognized and peer-reviewed. In addition to groundbreaking research, the journal features a monthly editorial ARHP commentary highlighting news and developments in sexual and reproductive health. Contraception editorials commentaries and abstracts are available at no cost, but access to full articles requires a subscription.
Measuring health care quality goes beyond simply counting patients served. This metric should capture the quality of service received and the likely health impact. While there are seven hundred different measures for medicine endorsed by the National Quality Forum, no metric exists for contraception. One of the key recommendations that came out of ARHP’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Workforce Summit is the establishment of a quality measure for contraception. Establishing a quality measure that affects insurers’ payments to health centers would encourage providers to focus on contraception as well as deliver valuable information to managers on the performance of health centers and agencies. Primary care providers have many demands on their time and must consider financial incentives as they decide how to allocate that time. If we want to improve the quality of contraceptive services at primary care sites, creating this payment linkage through a quality measure is essential. Read more>