Skip Navigation LinksHome > January 2014 - Volume 18 - Issue 1 > Use of Electronic Health Record–Based Tools to Improve Appro...
Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease:
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0b013e31828cde2a
Original Articles

Use of Electronic Health Record–Based Tools to Improve Appropriate Use of the Human Papillomavirus Test in Adult Women

Broach, Vance MD; Day, Lyndsey MD; Barenberg, Benjamin MD; Huang, Stella DO; Kenton, Kimberly MD, MS; White, Paula MD

Collapse Box

Abstract

Objective: To determine whether compliance with guidelines for cervical cancer screening, particularly use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) test in adult (aged ≥21 y) women, improves with the implementation of educational prompts in the electronic health record (EHR).

Materials and Methods: Two EHR-based interventions aimed at reducing unindicated HPV tests were implemented in the EHR in late June 2010. The Pap order form was revised with a descriptor next to the cotest (Pap plus HPV test) option advising that this is not for screening in women younger than 30 years, and a link to the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Web site was made available on the EHR home page. Charts of adult women with HPV results from January to December 2010 were reviewed. Appropriateness of HPV test ordering before (period A: from January to June) and after (period B: from July to December) the interventions were compared using the χ2 test of association.

Results: A total of 3,564 HPV tests were performed on adult women at Loyola University Medical Center in 2010. During period A, 1,709 tests were ordered compared with 1,855 tests ordered during period B (p = .014). The proportion of HPV tests without an appropriate indication decreased significantly after the EHR changes (20% for period A vs 13% for period B, p < .0005). This significant decrease was seen in both primary care (22% in period A vs 12% in period B, p < .0005) and obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) (19% vs 13%, p < .0005).

Conclusions: Electronic health record–based tools improve compliance with cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

Login

Article Tools

Share

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.