Can rural practice nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners fulfil patient expectations regarding “Well Woman Checks”?

Stewart, Rebecca, Thistlethwaite, Jill, and Buchanan, Jane (2009) Can rural practice nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners fulfil patient expectations regarding “Well Woman Checks”? In: Proceedings of the 10th National Rural Health Conference, pp. 1-12. From: 10th National Rural Health Conference, 17-20 May 2009, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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Abstract

Many GPs are of the opinion that a “Well Woman Check” is a ‘ticket of entry’ for the patient and an opportunity for other preventive health and screening measures. As screening tests, breast and pelvic examination in asymptomatic women during a “Well Woman Check” are not supported by evidence despite widespread practice. Consequently, debate exists regarding the ability of practice nurses (PNs), physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) to perform “Well Woman Checks” and cervical smears, particularly if they include breast and pelvic examination. Female patients express a variety of opinions regarding their expectations of, and value attached to “Well Woman Checks”.

Item ID: 5328
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 978-1-921219-15-3
ISSN: 14453363
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2009 22:55
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
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