General practitioner attitudes to recall systems for cervical screening

J. Beilby, M. A. Wakefield, A. M. Maddock

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Abstract

Objectives: To document the factors associated with general practitioner (GP) use of Pap smear reminder/recall systems and to canvass options for coordinating these GP-based systems with similar centrally based schemes. Methods: A questionnaire survey of a random sample of South Australian GPs. Results: 259 (78%) of 334 GPs returned questionnaires. 117 (45.2%) GPs had practice-based reminder/recall systems, with a higher prevalence among metropolitan GPs with a computer and who had been in practice for less than 20 years. 91.1% of GPs reported that the central register would be of some help in ensuring regular cervical screening. 38.2% of the GPs preferred reminder letters from the register to be sent to their practice; 27.8% preferred tham to be sent directly to women and 22.8% opted for letters to be sent from the register via the laboratories to their practice. 61.4% of respondents had a method of recording women with abnormal smears and 95.6% of these actively recalled such women. Conclusion: Substantial variation exists in the use of practice-based reminder/recall systems among GPs. A central register would assist most GPs by providing a back-up reminder service to follow-up women for cervical screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume163
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

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