One of the confusing factors about guidelines for cervical cancer screening is not only the number of organizations making recommendations but also the varience between their statements. Guidelines.gov list several different ones - some more recent than others. The organizations found with their search include:
If you are at a large health-care organization, then the guidelines to follow may be spelled out for you. But what about the doctors in private practice? You need to discern the most appropriate for your practice - this is where your analytical skills from epidemiology come into play as well as your background with evidence-based medicine. Which one will you choose?
A few quesions to consider are:
Usually, you can use the button to compare guidelines ; however, because of the number of guides, the system provides a unique synthesis display of the top 3 guidelines (ACS, ACOG, and USPTF) with several factors highlighted including what the areas of agreement and differences . The inteval of screening, which in this case varies, is one that often varies between organizations.