Audit shows weaknesses in cervical cancer screening

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1141
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    An audit of cervical cancer screening in Leicestershire has shown that 1 in 3 women who go for screening may be given an incorrect result.

    The audit, carried out last year by an internal team of experienced clinicians who wanted to improve standards, studied 403 women who had developed cervical cancer between 1993 and last year. Of those, 79 had not been for regular smears. In 122 of the remaining 324 cases, an error had occurred in the way the screeners had reported the slide results.

    In 44 of the 122 cases there had been no adverse consequences as the …

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