OBJECTIVE: To assess and compare rates of adherence to follow-up in women undergoing video or regular colposcopy. METHOD: Sixty patients with abnormal Pap smears were randomized to undergo video or regular colposcopy. All participants were given the same instructions and a follow-up appointment. If a patient did not keep her appointment and did not reschedule, this was considered a failure. Multivariate logistic regression was used for assessment of predictors of follow-up. RESULTS: The follow-up rate was significantly higher in the video colposcopy group compared to the regular colposcopy group (80 vs. 50%, p=0.014). After adjusting for results of previous and referral Pap smears, and previous treatment, multivariate analyses indicated that women undergoing video colposcopy were almost five times more likely to return for follow-up than women undergoing regular colposcopy (odds ratio=4.9, 95% confidence interval=[1.24, 19.39]). CONCLUSION: Colposcopy clinics with patient population similar to ours may consider the use of video colposcope.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology