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.
- 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.
- Screening for Cervical Cancer: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
- 2015 Breast Cancer Screening Draft Recommendations: U.S. Preventative Services Task Force
Resources & Tools
- Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015-16
- Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Infographic
- Cancer Screening Action Plan
- How to Increase Preventive Screening Rates in Practice
- Breast Cancer Screening – A Discussion Guide for Physicians and Patients
- Breast Cancer Screening – A Guide for Physicians and Patients
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