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Stirrups or no stirrups for routine speculum examinations?: … but we do not need to do a trial of smear quality

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 03 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:305
  1. James A Dickinson, professor of family medicine (
  1. University of Calgary Medical Clinic, 1632 14th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1M7

    EDITOR—Predictably, in this age of evidence based medicine, Spaar and Puhan (previous letter) have called for a randomised trial to determine whether using different positions for taking cervical smears makes a difference to smear quality.1 A very large trial would be necessary to be confident …

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