Pathway 3 – Avoiding Unnecessary Procedures: Educate Team Members & Patients about Appropriate Screening Intervals or Implement Clinical Decision Support within Your Record System

 

Women Age 50-65 Years Old

Unnecessary testing/over-screening increases the total cost of care and increases the risk to the patient of unnecessary cost, pain, and emotional distress due to false positive screening tests. Over-screening would include screening pap more frequently than every three years, screening Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing prior to age 30, and mammography more than every two years. Educating staff and patients about appropriate screening intervals and implementing clinical decision support can reduce over-screening.

Interventions

  • Educate all team members about appropriate cancer screening intervals for women
  • Have a patient education initiative to inform patients about the risk of over-screening
  • Start utilizing a clinical decision support tool within your record to ensure that women receive cancer screenings at appropriate intervals

Primary Guidelines

Resources & Tools

American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians

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