Hong Kong Med J 2001;7:284-90 | Number 3, September 2001
Opinion survey of Hong Kong private primary care doctors about cervical screening
JA Dickinson, CSY Chan
Department of Community and Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 4/F Lek Yuen Health Centre, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
The policy and practice of Hong Kong private primary care doctors regarding cervical screening were investigated by way of two different questionnaires sent to comparable random survey samples. The overall response rate was 60.8% (313/515). Both sexes of eligible doctors believed that cervical smears were effective and important, but only 40.2% (47/117) of male doctors performed the test compared with 65.5% (19/29) of female doctors. Those doctors who do not perform the test themselves usually refer their patients elsewhere. The small proportion of private doctors offering cervical smears may reduce opportunities for women who need them. Over 80% of private doctors recommended annual smears despite local recommendations for 3-yearly tests, while graduates from western countries were more likely to recommend longer intervals. Since the proportion of women in Hong Kong having Papanicolaou tests is still low, effort should focus on providing smears for more women, rather than repeated annual testing of those who already participate.
Key words: Cervix dysplasia; Cervix neoplasms; Family practice; Hong Kong; Primary health care
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