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Invited Commentary
Health Care Reform
Dec 12 2011

Pelvic Examinations in Asymptomatic Women: Tipping a Sacred Cow: Comment on “The Pelvic Examination as a Screening Tool”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Productive Science, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(22):2054-2055. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.567

In our effort to practice evidence-based medicine, the benefits and harms of all medical interventions have come under scrutiny. Stormo and colleagues1 begin an exploration of one of the most prevalent yet largely unquestioned practices in women's health: the pelvic examination. Using a Web-based survey targeting a variety of clinicians, they posed a fundamental question: how often do you perform pelvic examinations for a given set of purposes?