Clinical Guidelines


Cervical cancer screening

Principles of practice

Clinical question

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Principles of practice

Colposcopy should be conducted:

  • in appropriate surroundings
  • with properly functioning diagnostic and therapeutic equipment
  • by adequately trained personnel.

Patient information should be provided (see Supplement. Colposcopy information for discussion with patient):

  • before or during the first colposcopy consultation
  • after a treatment
  • in a culturally and linguistically appropriate format.

Results of any procedure or treatment should be communicated in a timely fashion. Non-attendance should be documented and minimisation strategies implemented.

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