Impact of GP reminders on follow-up of abnormal cervical cytology: a before-after study in Danish general practice

Over 10% of cancers occur through a failure to follow-up. This study from Denmark has investigated whether or not a GP reminder could reduce the percentage of women without follow-up after an abnormal cervical cytology result. The reminder system generated a GP reminder if no new cytology or histology test was registered in the Danish Pathology Data Bank 1 month after the follow-up was due. They investigated the rate of follow-up before, during and after the reminder system was implemented. The intervention nearly halved the proportion of women without follow-up. It also had a positive effect across different sociodemographic groups and overall helped improve the quality of the current Danish screening program.

 

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