Single health system adherence to 2012 cervical cancer screening guidelines at extremes of age and posthysterectomy

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Objective: To estimate the proportion of guideline nonadherent Pap tests in women aged younger than 21 years and older than 65 years and posthysterectomy in a single large health system. Secondary objectives were to describe temporal trends and patient and health care provider characteristics associated with screening in these groups. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional chart review was performed at Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Physicians. Reasons for testing and patient and health care provider information were collected. Tests were designated as indicated or nonindicated per the 2012 cervical cancer screening guidelines. Point estimates and descriptive statistics were calculated. Patient and health care provider characteristics were compared between indicated and nonindicated groups using x2 and Wilcoxon rank-sum tests. RESULTS: A total of 3,920 Pap tests were performed between September 9, 2012, and August 31, 2014. A total of 257 (51%; 95% confidence interval [CI] 46.1-54.9%) of tests in the younger than 21 years group, 536 (40%; 95% CI 37.7-43.1%) in the older than 65 years group, and 605 (29%; 95% CI 27.1-31.0%) in the posthysterectomy group were not indicated. White race in the older than 65 years group was the only patient characteristic associated with receipt of a nonindicated Pap test (P5.007). Health care provider characteristics associated with nonindicated Pap tests varied by screening group. Temporal trends showed a decrease in the proportion of nonindicated tests in the younger than 21 years group but an increase in the posthysterectomy group. CONCLUSION: For women aged younger than 21 years and older than 65 years and posthysterectomy, 35% of Pap tests performed in our health system were not guidelineadherent. There were no patient or health care provider characteristics associated with guideline nonadherent screening across all groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-456
Number of pages9
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Volume129
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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Funding Information:
The Masonic Cancer Center Women's Health Scholar is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute and administrated by the University of Minnesota Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health. Research is supported by the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Grant (# K12HD055887).

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