Evidence Lacking on Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

American Academy of Family Physicians, July 06, 2016 03:30 pm

In 2010, physicians performed more than 60 million pelvic examinations in the United States. And although this is a common element of physical exams, it remains unclear whether performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic women significantly affects disease morbidity or mortality.

On June 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) tackled this issue by posting a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic examination.

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