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Women's Health
The Women's Health Work Group builds on the strength of existing UCSF clinical services and research efforts in women's health and expands these programs to identify critical issues across the age spectrum from teenagers to the elderly. The group focuses on health promotion and disease prevention in diverse female populations with the following objectives:

Delineate the best methods to reduce morbidity and premature mortality, improve quality of life, and identify ways to overcome obstacles to implementing these in different populations, including those who lack access to preventive services.
Strengthen and increase efforts to address the implications of and access to new technologies developed for women.
Assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of treatment, prevention-oriented technologies and health care strategies (e.g. screening for breast, cervical, and colon cancer) from multiple perspectives, including that of women, providers, payers and communities.

In 1999, CHC received a grant of more than $11 million dollars from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study infertility and the use of new technologies in reproduction. The grant funds four UCSF studies over a five-year period. The researchers will study how couples decide whether to try assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) or to continue treatment if the initial attempt fails, the psychological effects on the woman and the couple, the economic and social costs of the new technologies, and the medical outcomes for babies who are born as a result of infertility treatments. read more

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Center of Excellence in Women's Health


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