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Women's experience of a look-back exercise following inadequate decontamination of vaginal specula

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Abstract:

Background Following the identification of inadequate decontamination of vaginal specula at a general practitioner (GP) surgery, over 400 women were offered screening for chlamydia, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Aim To explore the women's experience of being notified of the error and participating in the look-back exercise.

Design of study Qualitative interviews.

Setting Primary care.

Method Semi-structured interviews were held with 17 women, two to four months after completion of the look-back exercise.

Results All interviewees had negative screening results. Although complimentary about the way the recall had been conducted, many women had experienced significant distress, and reported feeling shocked, anxious, frightened and angry. These emotions were mixed with a sense of disbelief that failures in basic decontamination could occur, and be unrecognised for so long in the NHS. Overall confidence in the cervical screening programme, however, had not been damaged. The women felt the media coverage increased anxiety and breached patient confidentiality. All interviewees strongly agreed with the primary care trust's decision to inform women of the error and felt they had the right to be informed if they had been put at risk, no matter how small that risk.

Conclusions Despite the significant anxiety caused, the interviewees strongly endorsed the decision to inform women of the poor clinical practice and conduct a look-back exercise. Issues are raised regarding the potential conflict between patients' rights and desires and the opportunity costs of undertaking look-back exercises when the estimated risks to health are low.

Keywords: DECONTAMINATION; DISCLOSURE; MASS SCREENING; MEDICAL ERRORS; PATIENT SATISFACTION; VAGINAL SMEAR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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