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Female—cervical screening indicator, prisoner health yes/no/unknown code N

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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 term631726
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 28/04/2016
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An indicator of whether a female person has had a cervical screening, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Female—cervical screening indicator

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Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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Guide for use:Help on this term

For use in Prisoner health data collections. If this value domain is used with other metadata then 'Unknown' would map to code 8.

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Submitting organisation:Help on this term

 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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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).

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Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian 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,

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Prison entrants NBEDS Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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