Date of Award


Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Committee Chair

Ellise D. Adams


Cervix uteri--Cancer, Cancer--Prevention, Cancer--Diagnosis


The practice of screening women for cervical cancer and subsequent abnormalities has resulted in a significant decrease in the diagnosis of invasive cervical cancer. For women’s benefit, future clinicians must be knowledgeable of the most current evidence-based findings and offer them to all eligible candidates. This project utilized the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to evaluate clinician’s adherence to standardized cervical cancer screening guidelines. The primary objective was to increase the number of patients screened according to the 2012 American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors. After implementation of the monthly report card and completion of this scholarly project adherence was increased from 35% to 47%. The percentage of eligible women who received cervical cancer screening decreased from 3.44% to 1.24%. For the future, system-level barriers must be addressed to improve adherence to cervical cancer.



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