Does A 30-min quality improvement clinical practice meeting reviewing the recommended papanicolaou test guidelines for adolescents improve provider adherence to guidelines in a pediatric primary care office?

Rebecca L. Lozman, Anne Belcher, Elizabeth Sloand

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Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate adherence to Papanicolaou (Pap) test guidelines 6 months prior to and 6 months following a 30-min educational clinical practice meeting in a pediatric primary care office. Guidelines for Pap tests have been revised in recent years by the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Preventive Task Force, but providers often do not adhere to the guidelines. Data sources: A total of 777 charts from a pediatric primary care office were reviewed. Eighty-four percent (652) met criteria for inclusion. Conclusions: Among sexually active adolescents, there was a statistically significant relationship between rates of Pap tests following the clinical practice meeting (χ2(1) = 13.5, p = .001). Prior to the meeting there were 29 Pap tests recorded, whereas after there were two Pap tests done. After the focused clinical practice meeting, providers performed far fewer Pap tests, which is in accordance with the guidelines for this population. Implications for practice: Providers may not always practice in accordance with recommended clinical practice guidelines for various reasons. Focused, in-office educational interventions via clinical practice meetings may be an effective way of discussing recommended guidelines to improve provider adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-587
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013



  • Adolescents
  • Education
  • Practitioners
  • Primary care
  • Reproductive health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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