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J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2003 Oct;7(4):299-303.

Women's responses to cervical interrogation by fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912, USA. dferris@mail.mcg.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine women's responses to cervical interrogation by fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy (FRS).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A convenience sample of women scheduled for a colposcopic examination was interrogated by a cervical FRS system. Thereafter, women completed a 24-item questionnaire that assessed their responses to the spectroscopic test. Likert-scale responses were compared among subgroups using the chi test for trend.

RESULTS:

Most women favored FRS used for locating (97.7%; 170/174) and selectively sampling (96.6%; 168/174) cervical neoplasia. Fewer women (81.0%; 141/174) wanted FRS to replace the Pap smear. Most women were neither nervous (73.6%; 128/174) nor bothered (89.1%; 155/174) by the extra time for the FRS assessment. Women's acceptance was substantiated by 84.9% (146/174) and 90.8% (157/173) wanting their doctor to have and insurance company to pay for FRS, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Use of FRS as a colposcopic adjunct was supported very favorably by women. Fewer women supported FRS replacing Pap smears. These high rates of approval by women should help the implementation of FRS technology.

PMID:
17051088
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