U-of-M Study Says Many Factors Influence Testing for HPV
Many factors play into whether a woman considered at low risk for developing cervical cancer will be tested for the virus that causes the disease, such as the gender of the woman's doctor and his or her status as a resident or seasoned physician.
That's according to a study from the University of Michigan Health System, where senior author Dr. Mack Ruffin says procedures at individual clinics can also make a difference.
The study found that female doctors were twice as likely to order H-P-V testing for a low-risk patient than male doctors.
Seasoned physicians were less likely to order the test than Residents and other less-senior doctors.