Chapter 6 Answers to self-check questions

Quality issues in cervical screening and cytology

6.1 Describe the outcomes of the ‘ideal’ cervical screening programme.

The prevention of all cases of, and therefore all deaths from cervical cancer


6.2 What are the two roles Quality Control methods perform in cytology primary screening?

  1. The identification and correction of errors
  2. Information on the performance of those performing primary screening


6.3 What is the purpose of triage in cervical screening?

Triage adds further specificity to the screening process, identifying which women need to be referred for colposcopy and which can be safely returned to an early or routine recall. 

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