Accession Number : ADA313800

Title :   Determination of the Best Method of Reducing Papanicolaou Smear Patient Reporting Times at the 67th Combat Support Hospital, Wuerzburg Germany.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 94-Oct 95,

Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATI ON

Personal Author(s) : Meilinger, Christopher A.

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Report Date : 17 NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : The problem of Pap Smear patient reporting times has plagued the 67th Combat Support Hospital and Europe for three years. The laboratories that have supported this organization have at time been unable to comply with regulatory requirements or performance standards. The Department of Defense standard of performance in the area of Pap Smear patient reporting times is thirty days. The inability to maintain adequate support has resulted in Pap Smear patient reporting times being as great as eighty-nine days, fifty-nine days greater than the standard adopted by the Department of Defense. In conjunction with the actions of a process action team to investigate the problem of excessive Pap Smear turnaround times the conclusion that Pap Smears should be conducted in house has resulted. This study shows that hiring in house cytotechnologists not only significantly reduces patient reporting time and enhances quality, but is also cost effective.

Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *PATIENTS, *INFECTIOUS DISEASES, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HOSPITALS, *PLAGUES, EUROPE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, STANDARDS, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Microbiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE