NP/PA survey results explained
In August 2012, Roche Diagnostics conducted a survey of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to understand their level of awareness of the new cervical cancer screening guidelines and learn more about their screening practices. The survey found that:
- Majority of the surveyed nurse practitioners and physician assistants are aware that new cervical cancer screening guidelines have been issued, but confusion exists on the specific recommendations.
- Awareness of critical risk factors contributing to cervical cancer is low, with only 50% of survey respondents correctly identifying that over 75% of women will be infected with HPV at some point during their lives.1
- Less than one-in-five surveyed were aware that cytology alone can miss approximately 50% of cervical pre-cancer.2
- Fourteen percent of nurse practitioners and physician assistants report using Pap testing alone for cervical cancer screening with women ages 30-65.