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Routine pelvic examinations have no confirmed benefits, US panel concludes

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 29 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3634
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Evidence is insufficient to determine the benefits or harms of screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic women who are not pregnant, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded in draft recommendations.

The task force said that its literature review found inadequate evidence on the benefits of screening pelvic examinations for a wide range of gynecological conditions. “No studies were identified that evaluated the benefit of screening with pelvic examination on all-cause mortality, disease-specific morbidity or mortality, or quality of life,” the panel said.

“Overall, the current available evidence is insufficient for …

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