Pathway 2 – Cancer Screening: Implementing Clinical Decision Support & Using Team-Based Care to Improve Cancer Screening Rates


Women Age 50-65 Years Old

Early detection of cancer or precancerous lesions is vital for the successful treatment of breast and cervical cancer. Appropriate screening includes pap testing every three years (or five years with Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing for women 30 and over), and screening mammography every two years. Empowering team members to help ensure that patients receive needed screening and implementing decision support within your practice can improve screening rates for your patients.


  • Implement standing orders for screening mammography
  • Use your medical record to determine women due for cancer screening, then have team members contact patients to schedule a health maintenance visit
  • Start utilizing a health maintenance visit template or a clinical decision support tool to ensure that women receive appropriate cancer screenings.

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
Weill Cornell Medical College & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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