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Geriatr Nurs. 1998 Sep-Oct;19(5):279-83; quiz 283.

Keeping a watchful eye. Receipt of preventive service screening recommendations by women in long-term care facilities.

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  • 1College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA.


This study explored the extent to which women in long-term care facilities received preventive screening services. Physical examination screening of women residents exceeded the 40% recommendation of Healthy People 2000 with the exception of clinical breast examination and Pap smears. Laboratory and screening procedures--cholesterol, thyroid, and tuberculin testing--fell short of recommendations. Nurses in long-term care have an opportunity to enhance residents' quality of life by ensuring consistent use of preventive screening services.

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