Improving cervical cytology screening in a remote, high risk population.

Shield, P. W., Nolan, G., Phillips, G. E. and Cummings, M. C. (1999) Improving cervical cytology screening in a remote, high risk population.. Medical Journal of Australia, 170 6: 255-258.

Author Shield, P. W.
Nolan, G.
Phillips, G. E.
Cummings, M. C.
Title Improving cervical cytology screening in a remote, high risk population.
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 1999-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 170
Issue 6
Start page 255
End page 258
Total pages 4
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject C1
321020 Pathology
730116 Reproductive system and disorders
730108 Cancer and related disorders
320602 Cell Physiology
Abstract Objective: To evaluate the use of the ThinPrep method to reduce rates of unsatisfactory Papanicolaou (Pap) smears in women in remote communities. Design: Prospectively collected samples were split and screened conventionally and by ThinPrep at the Queensland Cytology Service. Patients: Three hundred women having cervical smears taken by a Mobile Women's Health Service nurse or at the antenatal and sexual health clinics of a remote north Queensland community. Main outcome measure: Number of Pap smears reported as unsatisfactory for evaluation and requiring a repeat smear request. Results: 17.3% of conventionally prepared smears were technically unsatisfactory, compared with 6.3% prepared with ThinPrep. The overall rate of unsatisfactory smears was only 4.3% when both ThinPrep and conventional smears were assessed for a combined report. Conclusion: A significant reduction in the proportion of unsatisfactory Pap smears is possible with the ThinPrep method. Targeted use of ThinPrep in communities with high rates of unsatisfactory smears may prove cost-effective.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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