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Female—cervical screening indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termCervical screening indicator
Synonymous names:Help on this termPap smear indicator
METeOR identifier:Help on this term358921
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 11/11/2014
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of whether a female person has had a cervical screening, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Female—cervical screening indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Yes
2No
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 9    Not stated/inadequately described

This code is not for use in primary data collections.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

Currently, the screening test for cervical cancer is the Pap test (the terms Pap test and Pap smear are often used interchangeably), which is carried out by a general practitioner, nurse, or gynaecologist. During a Pap test, cells are collected from the surface of the cervix, transferred onto a slide or into a special liquid, and sent to a pathology laboratory for assessment. Details of the woman, the Pap test results, and any follow-up that may be recommended are then stored on a cervical cytology register (AIHW 2009).

Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer leads to a reduction of morbidity and mortality due to the disease. It is recommended that women aged 18-69 years, who have ever had sex, have a cervical screening every two years (DoH 2013).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2009. Cervical screening in Australia 2006–2007. Cancer series no. 47. Cat. no. CAN 43. Canberra: AIHW.

DoH (Australian Government Department of Health) 2013. National Cervical Screening Program: The Pap Smear. Canberra: DoH. Viewed 4 November 2014, <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/papsmear>.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Indigenous primary health care DSS 2012-14 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013

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Indigenous primary health care DSS 2014-15 Health, Standard 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Endorsed 21/11/2013

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Indigenous primary health care DSS 2015- Health, Standardisation pending 14/11/2014

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Prison entrants DSS Health, Standard 25/08/2011

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Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Indigenous primary health care: PI22a-Number of female regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI22a-Number of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2014 Health, Standard 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Endorsed 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI22a-Number of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2015 Health, Standardisation pending 13/11/2014
Indigenous primary health care: PI22b-Proportion of female regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI22b-Proportion of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2014 Health, Standard 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Endorsed 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI22b-Proportion of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2015 Health, Standardisation pending 13/11/2014
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