The Cervical Dysplasia Worksheet: A Longitudinal Map of Cervical Dysplasia Cytology and Histology Tests and Procedures

Camille A. Johnson, Jessica M. Madrigal, Kelly Metoyer, Sara D. Zhukovsky, Ashlesha Patel*

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Abstract

Objective Our objectives were to describe the Cervical Dysplasia Worksheet (CDW), provide evidence of its feasibility to view patient cervical dysplasia results over time, and evaluate patient attitudes toward the tool in the setting of abnormal result follow-up. Materials and Methods The CDW augments the ASCCP guidelines for managing abnormal cervical cancer screenings by visually depicting cervical cytological and histological history along a color gradient showing severity. We evaluated tool feasibility by graphing a retrospectively reviewed convenience sample of patient data. A cross-sectional evaluation of the tool was then performed to assess patient attitudes in the setting of either dysplasia or colposcopy clinic. Patients had their data graphed on the CDW and explained to them before their clinical encounter. They then gave general comments about the tool and filled out a short evaluation survey. Results The large majority of retrospective patient data (N = 167) fit well within the CDW with roughly 20% requiring space for additional comments. Among the 30 patients who participated in our evaluation, almost all agreed (n = 29, 96.7%) that the tool helped them understand their history and results and that they would use the tool in the future. Conclusions The CDW is a novel tool to display a patient's cervical dysplasia history to visualize treatment and future care while enhancing patient-provider communication. Patient evaluation of the tool was largely positive, and suggestions will be taken into consideration for future modification. Further evaluation of the CDW among healthcare providers is needed to analyze its efficacy in the clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of lower genital tract disease
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • cervical cancer screening
  • health communication
  • patient-centered care
  • uterine cervical cancer
  • uterine cervical dysplasia
  • visual aid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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