Sherman, SM, Nailer, E, Pearmain, P, Todd, RW and Redman, CWE (2015) Disclosing the results of the invasive cervical cancer review to patients: a survey of lead colposcopists across England. Cytopathology, 27 (4). pp. 237-241. ISSN 1365-2303

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Objective: To survey lead colposcopists to explore the extent to which patients are currently being invited to discuss the results of their invasive cervical cancer review, the reasons why this might not be happening and the clinician experience. Methods: An online survey was sent to lead colposcopists across England. They were asked whether they offered the review to patients, if they did how they did so and what their experience was and if they did not, why not. Results: There was a 68.5% (N=122) response rate, with 53% of respondents currently offering the review meetings. Patients were predominantly invited to the review meeting face to face and clinicians’ experiences were mixed with a variety of positive and negative aspects to the meetings given. For those clinicians not currently offering a review meeting, there were a variety of reasons: 25% cited a lack of awareness of the guidelines, 19% time constraints, 12% a fear of causing additional distress, and 2% a fear of litigation. Open-ended responses demonstrated a considerable amount of misunderstanding about the process. Conclusion: Despite NHSCSP guidelines, not all clinicians offer review meetings to patients and those who do offer them do not always offer them to all women. Patient research needs to be conducted to explore the value of the meetings further,and there is a need to do more to engage clinicians in the process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Wiley at Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cervical cancer screening, invasive cervical cancer audit, screening review, disclosure of results
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 11:19

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