Rational Care Or Rationing Care? Updates and Controversies in Women’s Prevention (Scientific Article) (Report)

Rational Care Or Rationing Care? Updates and Controversies in Women's Prevention (Scientific Article) (Report)

Introduction Prevention has potential benefits, but the majority of people undergoing disease screening will not be benefitted and may actually be exposed to health risks. Public opinion is generally very favorable toward prevention. Eighty-seven percent of nationally surveyed adults believed cancer screening is almost always good and two thirds indicated that they would be tested even if nothing could be done for abnormal findings. (1) Many women would continue Papanicolaou (Pap) testing to screen for cervical cancer even if their physician recommended against it. (2) Women who have had a hysterectomy often continue to get Pap tests despite recommendations against doing so. (3) Despite this apparent enthusiasm, many beneficial preventive services, such as breast and colorectal cancer screening, are under utilized. (4)

Rational Care Or Rationing Care? Updates and Controversies in Women's Prevention (Scientific Article) (Report)



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