Letter to the Editor| Volume 80, ISSUE 3, P333-334, March 2015

Effectiveness and efficiency of cervical screening in older women

      We enthusiastically read Laurie Elit's article about the cervical cancer (CC) screening in older women [
      • Elit L.
      Role of cervical screening in older women.
      ]. We feel that its analysis of the effectiveness of screening beyond the currently established age is accurate. While this debate remains active, we believe that other issues associated with the effectiveness and efficiency of our care should first be considered. The terms effectiveness and efficiency have occasionally been confused. Therefore, when planning a screening programme, a public health strategy such as a population-based programme has a different design than the protocols that are used for women who directly request this type of care.


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