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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308204
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Examining the evidence for women's annual examinations
Author(s):
Gorwoda, Julie
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Julie Gorwoda, CNM, MSN, jgorwoda@salud.unm.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Background:  The pelvic exam has been considered an integral part of the women’s health annual wellness visit in modern times.  How it actually contributes to the identification of problems, and how it supports women’s continued health, is currently under consideration by some researchers.

Purpose:  Current recommendations for preventive women’s health care by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute of Medicine challenge many traditional practices, and this presentation will examine the evidence behind these practices, with a focus on the annual pelvic exam.

Methods:  Recent screening guidelines for women’s preventive health have provided the opportunity to re-examine the role of many components of women’s exams, including annual Pap smears and screening mammograms.  Because providing an evidence base for treatment modalities in health care has become the basis for providing cost-effective, outcomes-oriented care, examining the evidence for performing pelvic exams as part of preventive care is a logical step in identifying the value of this intrusive, and sometimes unpleasant, exam.  The history of pelvic exams and the information provided by an exam performed in the absence of specific symptoms or a patient complaint will be discussed.  The value of the pelvic exam for provision of diagnosis will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the importance placed on the identification of benign conditions.

Conclusion:  Following evidence-based practice is a key component of providing appropriate care.  The performance of the routine pelvic exam has been adopted as a standard of care, with little evidence to support its value for diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords:
Women’s health; pelvic exams; evidence-based care
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExamining the evidence for women's annual examinationsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGorwoda, Julieen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen_GB
dc.author.detailsJulie Gorwoda, CNM, MSN, jgorwoda@salud.unm.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308204-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>Background:  The pelvic exam has been considered an integral part of the women’s health annual wellness visit in modern times.  How it actually contributes to the identification of problems, and how it supports women’s continued health, is currently under consideration by some researchers. <p>Purpose:  Current recommendations for preventive women’s health care by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute of Medicine challenge many traditional practices, and this presentation will examine the evidence behind these practices, with a focus on the annual pelvic exam. <p>Methods:  Recent screening guidelines for women’s preventive health have provided the opportunity to re-examine the role of many components of women’s exams, including annual Pap smears and screening mammograms.  Because providing an evidence base for treatment modalities in health care has become the basis for providing cost-effective, outcomes-oriented care, examining the evidence for performing pelvic exams as part of preventive care is a logical step in identifying the value of this intrusive, and sometimes unpleasant, exam.  The history of pelvic exams and the information provided by an exam performed in the absence of specific symptoms or a patient complaint will be discussed.  The value of the pelvic exam for provision of diagnosis will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the importance placed on the identification of benign conditions. <p>Conclusion:  Following evidence-based practice is a key component of providing appropriate care.  The performance of the routine pelvic exam has been adopted as a standard of care, with little evidence to support its value for diagnosis and treatment.en_GB
dc.subjectWomen’s healthen_GB
dc.subjectpelvic examsen_GB
dc.subjectevidence-based careen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:28:15Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:28:15Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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