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Qual Assur Health Care. 1992 Jun;4(2):161-6.

Reactions of doctors to various forms of feedback designed to improve the sampling quality of cervical smears.

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Department of General Practice, State University Limburg, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Three different forms of feedback designed to improve the sampling quality of cervical smears were tested in a randomized controlled trial among 179 physicians. The reactions of the doctors to the various interventions are reported as they appeared from their answers in a questionnaire. The influence of the interventions on the employed sampling technique is described on the basis of their answers to a telephone inquiry. The inclusion in laboratory protocols of an evaluation of the sampling quality of the submitted smears was largely appreciated, as was specific advice offered on indication. Monthly overviews comparing the performance of the individual doctor to that of his peers were esteemed by three out of four. Further information, help or training was requested more frequently than average by physicians obtaining inadequately sampled smears relatively often. The number of doctors using the combined spatula and Cytobrush method as sampling technique doubled during the study period.

PMID:
1511150
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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