AJGP Clinical Challenge July 2018: Women's health
To provide guidance for the general practitioner on current guidelines for cervical cancer screening, HPV vaccination and issues relating to pregnancy.Relevance to General Practice
The July issue of AJGP highlights two important aspects of women’s reproductive health: cervical cancer prevention and pregnancy care. Screening for cervical cancer has undergone a major change and new Australian guidelines were released in 2017. Given that cervical cancer screening is undertaken in general practice, it is essential that GPs are aware of the new screening guidelines and updates to HPV vaccination schedules.
The incidence of recurrent miscarriage was found to have almost doubled between 2003 and 2012. A similar increase in the incidence of gestational diabetes (GDM) has also occurred. It is now recognised that optimising the health of both men and women prior to conception improves health outcomes for the child. General practice is the first point of contact for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It is essential, therefore that GPs are aware of the recommendations for optimising care before and during pregnancy.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health