American College of Physicians' Guidelines on Pelvic Exam Screening
August 25, 2014•15 min
Hosted by: Brian P. McDonough
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new clinical guidelines recommending against screening pelvic examination in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women. The college describes the recommendation as strong, with moderate-quality evidence. What are the new guidelines? What does this mean for the general practitioner? Joining host Dr. Brian McDonough is Molly Cooke, MD. FACP, Professor of Medicine and inaugural Director of Education for Global Health Sciences at UCSF. Dr. Cooke serves on the ACP Clinical Guidelines Committee. She reviews the guidelines from the perspective as a general practitioner and the choices she must make during the time she has with patients. The guidelines were published online July 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.