Family physicians' colposcopy practices

J Am Board Fam Pract. 1992 Jan-Feb;5(1):27-30.


Background: The objectives of this study were to determine (1) the extent to which family physicians are performing colposcopy, (2) which colposcopic procedures are performed by these family physicians, (3) demographic characteristics of physicians who perform colposcopy, and (4) whether physicians who do not perform colposcopy plan to do so in the future.

Methods: A questionnaire was mailed to all 757 self-identified family practice physicians in Arizona.

Results: The return rate was 72 percent, and the response rate was 55.5 percent. Results indicated that 19.3 percent of respondents were trained to perform colposcopy, and 9.5 percent actually have performed it. For those performing colposcopy, the mean number of procedures performed during the previous 6 months was 25 (range 2-100).

Conclusions: Certain barriers to performing colposcopy were identified: (1) lack of available training, (2) interspecialty "turf battles," (3) quality assurance, and (4) the cost of malpractice liability insurance. Nevertheless, there were no insurmountable reasons why family physicians could not perform colposcopy.

MeSH terms

  • Arizona
  • Clinical Competence
  • Colposcopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physicians, Family / statistics & numerical data*
  • Professional Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires