Inadequate smears are not always due to poor technique

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7013.1168 (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1168
  1. Andrea Tree,
  2. Paul Mansour
  1. Facilitator Sefton Medical Audit Advisory Group, c/o Sefton Family Health Services Authority, Waterloo, Merseyside L22 0QB
  2. Consultant in histopathology and cytopathology Southport and Formby NHS Trust, General Infirmary, Southport, Merseyside PR8 6PH

    EDITOR,--F Azeem Majeed and Simon Voss suggest that the creation of certain performance indicators by family health services authorities may benefit general practitioners by exposing areas in which their practice deviates from the norm and in which further investigation or audit may therefore be appropriate.1 They give as an example the proportion of cervical smears that are technically unsuitable for examination.

    Just such an audit …

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