Cover Image


View/Hide Left Panel

into that with you. You can ask them about it, and well, yes, maybe I do need a Pap smear.

Then you also have to overcome the anecdotal experience of physicians themselves, about having that one hysterectomized patient on whom you didn’t do the Pap smear, who gets a vaginal carcinoma, so you have a lot of factors that you have to overcome as far as educating the physician. Plus, physicians are dinosaurs; we tend to practice what we were taught in residency. Overcoming that and changing behavior is very difficult once you are in private practice.

The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement