AffiliationCentre for Cancer Epidemiology, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, University of Manchester.
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AbstractA questionnaire survey of all general practices and family planning doctors in Manchester Health Authority was undertaken to determine why many more smears are taken in primary care than are scheduled by the screening programme. An 82% response rate was obtained. The indications for additional smear tests most frequently cited by responders were postcoital (88%), postmenopausal (84%), or intermenstrual bleeding (55%); genital warts (87%); and multiple sexual partners (52%). Forty-six per cent think that a woman should have a repeat test within one year of her first ever test. We discuss why these are not valid indications for additional smear tests.
CitationWhy do we continue to take unnecessary smears? 1997, 47 (423):645-6 Br J Gen Pract
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
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